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Saudi king rejects Indonesian migrant worker murderer’s plea

Saudi king rejects Indonesian migrant worker murderer’s plea

Syai Ali al-Qahtani, a Saudi Arabian citizen who was imprisoned in the city of Abha has been executed by local authorities for murdering an Indonesian migrant worker, Kikim Komalasari in 2010, the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.

Al-Qahtani was killed by firing squad on Tuesday Saudi time after spending several years in prison awaiting execution, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. Al-Qahtani was found guilty of murdering 36-year-old Kikim, whose body was discovered in a dumpster with slash wounds to her neck and body.

Kikim’s body was repatriated with the help of the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, before being laid to rest in her hometown of Cianjur, West Java, in 2011.

Unlike the usual qishas punishment, in which the perpetrator must seek clemency from the victim’s heir, Al-Qahtani’s death sentence was categorized as ta’zir — only pardonable by the king.

The ministry’s director for protection of Indonesian nationals and entities abroad, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, said in an interview on Wednesday that the justice was served and that Kikim and her family got to exercise their rights.

Updated : 2021-09-23 05:58 GMT+08:00