Lobbying done by the Government of Indonesia met a fruitful result of releasing 3 Indonesian Migrant Workers from death penalty. The Migrant Worker Taskforce has managed to convince the victim’s families to pardon the three. They were also not proven to have committed murder as charged.
The repatriation process of Bayanah binti Banhawi (29), Jamilah binti Abidin Rofi’i and Neneng Sunengsih Binti Mamih (34) is scheduled to commence today (Tuesday, 27/12/2011). Bayanah will be the first to arrive in Soekarno - Hatta Airport tonight.
Jamilah Binti Abidin Rofi’i—a migrant worker from Cianjur, West Java—is due to fly home on 28 December 2011. Meanwhile, Neneng Sunengsih Binti Mamih is still waiting for the completion of her exit permit which involves her former employer in the issuance process.
Prior to the release, Bayanah was accused of killing her employer’s 4-year-old child. However, she was then pardoned by her employer and levied with a fine of 55.000 real, which was settled by the Indonesian Embassy.
As for Jamilah, she was accused of killing her employer. However, due to unfounded accusation she was pardoned by the employer’s family and refrained from paying fine.
Meanwhile, Neneng was alleged of killing her employer’s 4-month-old baby right after feeding milk to the baby. Similarly, due to legally unproven case, she was discharged and refrained from paying fine.
Effort to Discharge Tuti Tursilawati
Chairman of Indonesian Migrant Workers Taskforce, Ambassador M. Maftuh Basyuni remarked that the taskforce has joined former President B.J. Habibie’s mission to discharge an Indonesian Migrant Worker, Tuti Tursilawati (27) from Majalengka who is currently facing a death sentence.
Habibie once had a meeting with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saudi in the head office of Kingdom Holding Company, Riyadh (25/12). The meeting was said to proceed in a highly conducive atmosphere.
It was reported that Prince Alwaleed would further review and work towards settling Tuti’s case.
Prince Alwaleed is one of the world’s most affluent businessmen and owner of the Kingdom Holding Company. The company has become one of the leading international investment companies whose investment ranges from Apple, Citigroup, Pepsi and Walt Disney.
Prince Alwaleed’s influence upon Arabian society is expected to bring benefit into mediation and persuasion efforts toward the victim’s family.
Tuti is an Indonesian Migrant Worker currently facing death sentence due to a murder charge. Driven by sexual assault against her, Tuti was known to have killed her former employee on 11 May 2011. She then escaped while carrying some jewelries and cash as much as 31.500 riyal. Unfortunately, she was raped by 9 young men who also stole the jewelries and the cash.
The judicial process of Tuti’s case had proceeded through the first-level-court, Court of Appeal and as far as the last stage in High Court. Trials at the three courts resulted in the same verdict, death sentence. Indonesian Representative to Saudi Arabia has been making all sorts of efforts to seek pardon from the victim’s family. The Indonesian Consulate General has sent a letter to the Governor of Mecca, Prince Khlaed Al-Faisal requesting him to be the mediator to the victim’s heir.
Ensuing the above letter were letters from Indonesian President and Foreign Minister to the King and Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia. In addition, Indonesian Ambassador to Riyadh alongside the Indonesian Consul General to Jeddah has conducted a meeting with Regent Thaif and the Institute of Peace and Forgiveness.
Indonesian Consul General to Jeddah has also asked the Saudi Arabian Department of Foreign Affairs to direct special attention to this case. Moreover, Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah has sent a officials and a lawyer to meet the victim’s child, however the heir refused to grant his pardon. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh/yo2k)