Saudi Arabia executes maid who killed her boss during alleged rape attack

Saudia Arabia's execution of an Indonesian maid who claimed her employer was trying to rape her has sparked fury and outrage in Jakarta.

Prisoner (file picture)

Tuti Tursilawati, a maid, was executed on Monday in the city of Thaif, seven years killing her boss in an act of alleged self defence from a sexual abuse attack.

Tursilawati had been in jail for seven years after being found guilty and being sentenced to death in 2011.

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, director at the foreign ministry's Indonesian citizens protection department, labelled the move "regrettable".

"The execution of Tuti Tursilawati was done without notification to our representatives, either in Riyadh or Jeddah," Mr  Iqbal said, with Indonesian President Joko Widodo adding the his government had protested to Riyadh.

Accordng to, Migrant Care, an NGO advocating for the rights of Indonesian workers abroad, also condemned the execution.

Under Saudi Arabia's  sharia law, drug trafficking, rape and murder are all punishable by death.

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