An appellate Court in Medina, Saudi Arabia, last Saturday acquitted a Saudi woman who had been sentenced to three years in jail after being found guilty of torturing her Indonesian maid i.e. Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa (23).
According to Arab News, the Court judge "said there was no evidence that the 53-year-old woman tortured her maid, Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, while her lawyer said he would seek damages for his client."
"The court suspected the truth of the accusations made by the maid because she refused to take her oath in court," the Saudi woman's lawyer, Ahmad Al-Rashid, told Arab News..
In January, the Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah appealed against the verdict of a lower Court that sentenced the Saudi woman only three-years in jail for stabbing, beating and burning Sumiati, because it has considered the sentence as being "too light."
The English Speaking media quoted a spokesman of the Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah, Didi Wahyudi, as saying on Monday that an appeal would be lodged with the higher court soon regarding the case.
Frankly speaking, I am not surprised at the above mentioned Court verdicts, because Saudi Arabia is a very closed country ruled by an absolute authoritarian monarchy, therefore almost impossible the expect a fair court verdict.
I am also not surprised at the fact that organizations like PKS, FPI, FUI have been silent on this case.