Meet The Late Indonesian Maid Tuti Tursilawati Who Was Executed For Killing Her Saudi Arabian Boss. Tuti Tursilawati was born on (6 June 1984 in Cikeusik, West Java, Indonesia[ in Ta’if was an Indonesian housekeeper who was executed on October 29, 2018 in Saudi Arabia, executed on October 29, 2018 in Saudi Arabia.
In 2011 she was convicted for the murder of her employer Suud Malhaq Al Utaibi, who she had been serving since 2009 and who would have sexually abused her.
- Tuti Tursilawati said she was defending herself from being raped by her boss when she killed him in 2010
- President Joko Widodo files a complaint with Saudi foreign minister after Tursilawati’s unexpected execution According to her, on May 11, 2010 in self-defense she had killed him when he wanted to rape her. After this deed she fled the city and was raped by nine men who promised to bring her to Mecca. A week later, she was arrested in Ta’if.
Former president of Indonesia Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie and high-ranking personalities were committed to the pardon of Tursilawati. Indonesia’s government submitted both legal forms and a letter to King Salman of Saudi Arabia objecting to the death sentence, but was not informed about the upcoming execution.
President Joko Widodo protested in a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir against the execution. He also ordered the Saudi Ambassador to Jakarta. The Indonesian organization Migrant CARE called for the termination of agreements on Indonesian labor between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Local and international human rights organizations called for better protection for guest workers in Saudi Arabia.
Tursilawati was already the third housekeeper to be executed in 2018 in Saudi Arabia.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Wednesday that he had called the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, to file a complaint and demand to know why Indonesia had not been notified that Tuti Tursilawati was to be executed .
In a statement, Widodo said he had raised the issues surrounding Tursilawati’s case when Jubeir visited Indonesia last week and that the case had been brought up repeatedly with other Saudi officials, including King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, director of the Indonesian foreign ministry’s citizens protection department, told reporters on Tuesday the move was “regrettable”.
“The execution of Tuti Tursilawati was done without notification to our representatives, either in Riyadh or Jeddah,” he said at a press conference.
Hikmahanto Juwana, an expert in international law at the University of Indonesia, told The Jakarta Post that Riyadh had “violated the norms of international relations” by not informing Indonesia that the execution was imminent.
Tursilawati claimed she was acting in self defence when she killed her employer in 2010 after he tried to rape her.
Migrant Care, an NGO advocating for the rights of Indonesian workers abroad, condemned the execution and urged the government to take serious diplomatic steps.
Activists say migrant workers in Saudi Arabia can be exploited under its visa sponsorship system, known as kafala. The kafala system is used in several Persian Gulf states.
The Saudi government has made some efforts to reform the system, including setting up a website to inform foreigners of their rights, and some Saudis have called for it to be scrapped.