The chairman of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization has censured Saudi Arabia for the execution of an Indonesian maid over killing her employer. Head of Nahdlatul Ulema Said Aqil Siradj condemned Saudi Arabia for beheading Ruyati binti Sapubi, saying that the Saudis are still living in the era of ignorance, IRNA reported Wednesday.
Siradj slammed Riyadh for indicting and then executing the Indonesian national without giving her a chance to defend herself, and described the Saudis as uncivilized.
Sapubi, 54, was beheaded on June 18 in Saudi Arabia after confessing to killing her employer, saying he had abused her.
Saudi officials executed her by sword and then dangled her corpse from a helicopter to make sure the public could see the result of the execution.
The chief of Nahdlatul Ulema further touched upon the difficult working conditions that Indonesian maids and workers face in Saudi Arabia, saying the Indonesian maids working in a non-Muslim country are treated more humanely than in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi employers do not respect Indonesian maids and use abusive language, he went on to say.
Indonesian Ulema have decided to ban exporting Indonesian workers to Saudi Arabia through a fatwa (religious decree) in the upcoming days.
In reaction to Riyadh’s punishment measure, Indonesian protesters staged a demonstration in front of Indonesia’s presidential palace in the capital Jakarta, slamming the government for failing to protect its migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
The mistreatment of Indonesian workers, particularly females, in Saudi Arabia has strained the two states’ relations in recent years.
The execution of Sapubi also prompted the government of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to take stern action against Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia “broke the norms and manners of international relations” by carrying out the death sentence, the president said.
He added that he had lodged a protest with the Saudi government over the execution of the Indonesian citizen.