Govt Pays ‘Blood Money’ for Indonesian Maid in Saudi Arabia
A Saudi Arabian court has ruled to release an Indonesian migrant worker on death row for murder after the Indonesian government paid Rp 4.6 billion ($533,000) in compensation for the crime.
“The compensation was paid by two officers of the Indonesian Embassy to a panel at the Riyadh government dealing with the case,” said Hendrar Pramutyo, an official of the embassy’s Citizen Protection Wing, on Saturday, as quoted by Arabnews.com.
“The payment of blood money is an expression of the Indonesian government’s commitment to protect its overseas workers at any cost.”
He said the Riyadh court had already decided to release the maid, who was currently being detained in the Malaz Jail.
“I am hopeful that the maid will be released shortly,” Hendrar said.
Darsem was convicted in a Riyadh court in May 2009 of murdering her Yemeni employer and was sentenced to death despite her plea that she had killed the man in self-defense because he had attempted to rape her.
In January, the victim’s family forgave Darsem and agreed to spare her, but only if she could afford to pay compensation.