02 Mar '11, 11am

Indonesia petitions Saudi Arabia to spare maid: JAKARTA - INDONESIA said on Wednesday it had appealed to Saudi A...

JAKARTA - INDONESIA said on Wednesday it had appealed to Saudi Arabia to commute the beheading of a maid convicted of killing her employer in what she called an act of self-defence. A court in the Saudi capital of Riyadh sentenced the maid, Darsem, to death for murdering her Yemeni employer in December 2007, foreign ministry spokeswoman Kusuma Habir told AFP. 'We've lodged an appeal against the sentence to the court there through our embassy in Riyadh and Darsem's lawyer. We hope she could be freed or at least get a lower sentence,' she said. 'Darsem said she acted in self-defence as the employer had tried to rape her.' Indonesia is also raising compensation or 'diyat' of two million riyals (S$673,000) for the employer's family, she said. 'Darsem could escape the sentence if she receives a pardon from the family. The family forgave her in January on the condition that she ...

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