An Indonesian migrant worker, who was convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia, has been released as she paid $1 million in blood money to the kinfolk of the victim.
Etty Binti Toyib spent 18 years in Saudi prison before she was set free. She reached the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten on Monday afternoon. She was welcomed by manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah.
Etty said to the local news sources, “I’m so happy to finally arrive in Indonesia. It was a very unpleasant experience to be locked up for 18 years and I really miss Indonesia,”
She was charged with poisoning her Saudi employer Faisal al-Ghamdi in 201 and sentenced to death.
However, Etty denied the allegation when she spoke to the media. She said that she was arrested due to “miscommunication”.
A group of Indonesian Muslim organizations and individuals collected funds to pay compensation (diyya in Islamic terms).
“As a government representative, I would like to thank the communities and the Nahdlatul Ulama in particular for their contribution that has made Etty’s release possible,” Minister Ida said.
On the other hand, twenty Saudi nationals have been sent on trial in absentia in Turkey for the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist and was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Two former aides to the prince, who denied the involved, are among the defendants.
Khashoggi’s Turkish Fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, was among those who testified at the opening session.
She spoke to media outside the courtroom. She said that she found the process spiritually and psychologically weakening.
She expressed confidence in the Turkish judicial system and said, “Our search for justice will continue in Turkey as well as in everywhere we can.”