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PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
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The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Karawang migrant worker returns home after escaping death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan
Indonesian migrant worker Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan has returned home after being freed from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

The 47-year-old from Karawang, West Java, arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.

She had been sentenced to death in 2011 after being found guilty of murdering her employer’s child in Saudi Arabia. Nurkoyah, however, appealed and was acquitted in April this year.

During her trial, Nurkoyah received legal assistance from the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh and lawyer Mishal Shareef.

“Nurkoyah's return is very special because she was accompanied all the way to her hometown by her lawyer Mishal Shareef, a well-known lawyer in Saudi who has been working intensively on several legal cases implicating Indonesian citizens,” Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nurkoyah’s family in Kertajaya village had been waiting eagerly for her return on Wednesday.  

"Finally, my sister is home. This is the result of our family’s prayers and efforts," Bean, Nurkoyah’s older sibling, said as quoted by kompas.com

During her 11 years in Saudi Arabia, Nurkoyah spent three years employed as a domestic worker and the remaining eight years facing legal proceedings following her arrest in 2010.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 5, 2018

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