Dead Execution of Siti Zaenab, President Jokowi Conveyed Deep Condolences
Date 15 April 2015
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has gained reports of executions upon Indonesian citizen (WNI) who named Siti Zaenab Bt. Duhri Arts, in Medina, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday (14/4) at 10.00 local time. The President expressed deep sorrows over the death of Siti Zainab, and pray to almarhumah hopefully get the best place in the sight of Allah SWT.
“I have to report to the president about what happened. Indeed, on this day, lack of information after the execution was carried out,” said Foreign Minister KP Retno Marsudi told reporters, after a dinner with the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday (14/4).
Hearing the report, said the Foreign Minister, the President Jokowi very sad. “He grieved over this news,” he said.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, President Jokowi also expressed his condolences over the death of the deceased and wish the deceased got a good place on the side of Allah SWT.
The President also emphasized that the Indonesian Government remains committed to continue to provide protection to citizens who are outside the country.
As reported previously, Siti Zainab Bt. Duhri Arts (47 years), were executed (qishas) in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday (14/4) at 10.00 local time. Information regarding the implementation of the qishas accepted by the Government of Indonesia through the lawyer Siti Zainab, who named Khudran Al Zahrani.
Press releases Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, there is no notification to the representative of Indonesia-related executions against Siti Zaenab.
“The Indonesian government lodged a protest to the Government of Saudi Arabia for not submitted a notification to the Representative of Indonesia and to the families of the time of execution of the death penalty,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a press release Tuesday (14/4) night.
Siti Zainab Bt. Duhri Arts, born in Bangkalan, Madura, East Java, on March 12, 1968. He is an Indonesian migrant workers (BMI) in Saudi Arabia were convicted of the murder of her employer’s wife named Nourah Bt. Duhem Abdullah Al Maruba in 1999. Siti Zainab then detained at Medina General Prison since October 5, 1999.
After going through a series of legal proceedings, on January 8, 2001, the Court Medina sentenced to death “qishas” to Siti Zainab. With the fall of the decision “qishas” hence forgiveness can only be given by the heirs of the victim. But the execution was postponed to wait Walid bin Abdullah bin Muhsin Al-Ahmadi, the youngest son of the victim, reached the age of puberty baligh.
In 2013, after being declared puberty baligh, Walid bin Abdullah bin Muhsin Al Ahmadi has submitted to the court regarding his refusal to give forgiveness to Siti Zainab and continue to demand the death penalty. It is then recorded in the court’s decision in 2013.
Related with the problems faced by Siti Zainab, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained, from the beginning, the government has struggled to keep companying her and asks for forgiveness from the family.
“The Indonesian government has made all efforts to the maximum to liberate Siti Zaenab of the death penalty,” the Foreign Ministry press release.
The efforts that have been taken by the Government of Indonesia to release Siti Zainab include legal action to appoint a lawyer Khudran Al Zahrani to provide legal assistance to Siti Zainab, as well as provide assistance in every trial.
As for the diplomatic steps have been carried out by three Presidents, Deceased Abdurrahman Wahid (2000), Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2011) and Joko Widodo (2015), by sending an official letter to the King of Saudi Arabia, which contains a request that the King of Saudi Arabia give forgiveness to Siti Zainab.
In addition, Chief Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in Riyadh and Jeddah are also sent an official letter to the Emir of Mecca and Medina to encourage forgiveness for Siti Zainab. (*/ES)