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Saudi Arabian Ambassador Summoned over Indonesian Worker’s Execution

Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (nnc)

NUSA DUA, NNC - The Indonesian government has launched a a protest to the government of Saudi Arabia for carrying out the death penalty on an Indonesian migrant worker named Tuty Tursilawati without giving official consular notice.

"Yesterday we received information that on October 29 morning Saudi Arabia had carried out the execution for Tuty Tursilawati who was convicted of murder. After receiving the news, I contacted the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia to protest, and convey deep concern for the execution of Tuty. without consular notification," Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday (10/30).

The Foreign Minister also said that she had summoned and met with the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Indonesia in Bali to express her protest and deep concern to the Saudi government about the execution of Tuty Tursilawati.

"I summoned the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia this morning. I expressed a deep concern and our protest regarding the execution of the death penalty without consular notification," Foreign Minister Retno said.

"When I spoke with the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, he stated that he understood and he would convey Indonesia's protest to the Government of Saudi Arabia," Retno continued.

In addition to conveying to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador, the Indonesian Foreign Minister also expressed these protests and concerns to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

On that occasion, Retno also expressed condolences to the family of Tuty Tursilawati.

"On behalf of the Government and myself, I convey deep sorrow to the Tuty family," she said, as quoted from Antara.

According to Retno, the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also visited the family of the deceased Tuty to directly convey the news of the condolences about Tuty's death sentence.

"The government has made maximum efforts in providing legal assistance and seeking anything to ease the Tuty sentence," the MInister added.