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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Indonesian maid beheadings won't stop Bali nine executions: AG

Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo
Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo
Jakarta: The beheading of two Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia this week will not prevent the execution of 10 drug felons in Indonesia, according to the Attorney-General.

However Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo said Indonesia respected the rule of law.

"The difference is that we provide notification of an execution to the ambassador three days before it happens, but they did not," Mr Prasetyo was quoted saying by Philippines news website Rappler.

The date of the execution of 10 drug felons, including Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, is not known.

However Mr Prasetyo has said it will not be until after the African-Asian conference, to be held in Jakarta and Bandung from April 19-24.

He said it was not a good look to shoot people when the country had many guests.

The execution of the two Indonesian domestic helpers in two days in Saudi Arabia has prompted fierce protests in Indonesia and renewed criticism of the country's double standard on the death penalty

The Indonesian government summoned the Saudi ambassador after learning on Thursday Saudi Arabia had executed another Indonesian domestic worker, Karni binti Medi Tarsim, 37, who was convicted of murdering a 4-year-old girl in 2012.

It also issued statements protesting against the Saudi Arabian authorities' failure to notify them or the families before carrying out the executions.

Tarsim's killing followed that of Siti Zaenab, who was suspected of being mentally ill, on Tuesday.

Siti, 47, was convicted of murdering her employer's wife in 1999, but the execution was delayed until the youngest son was old enough to make a decision about whether she should be pardoned.

The Indonesian government offered two billion rupiah ($200,000) in blood money and three Indonesian presidents - including Joko Widodo - made fruitless representations to save her life.

Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah said the executions should provide momentum for the Indonesian Government to stop the practice of capital punishment in Indonesia.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, Jewel Topsfield, April 18, 2015

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