Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Saudi Court Acquitted Maid Torturer

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.

18 comments:

colson said...

It's a shame. In the face of a maimed and invalidated victim the court stops short of saying she is the culprit herself.

There is no genuine justice in a country like Saudi Arabia. To be frank the juridical system in the country is not just anything but fair by primarily serving the interest of the ruling classes, it also reflects a mediaeval attitude.

lemO'green said...

this is very unfair!

triesti said...

Saudi can do whatever they want.. FPI doest whatever they want.. Let's put them together..

the dream catcher said...

I feel sorry for the maid... What will her future be?

Multibrand said...

@Colson,
Impossible to expect Saudi Arabian court to act justifiably. The absolute monarchy try to control everything there with their oil money.
I wonder how long will it take for the majority ordinary people there to realize that this is very wrong.

LemO'green,
Yes, very unfair indeed.

@Triesti,
Yes, they are both the same.

@Ria/The Dream Catcher,
Let's hope that our government will never stop defending her rights.

Jolly Princess said...

I hope the victim would find justice. I felt sorry for her.

attayaya-ekonomi said...

susahnya mencari keadilan....

Multibrand said...

@JP,
No human being could ever do such horrible things to fellow human beings.

@Attayaya-Ekonomi,
Para TKI/TKW bekerja di luar negeri untuk mengirimkan uang kenegara kita, pemerintah harus melindungi.

dee said...

yah, i think it's unfair but what we could do is nothing coz saudi have their own terrritory to do whatever they want. Thanks Harry Nizam

Fahrizi Noer Fajar Azman said...

hmmmm... it's probleme is confused ;)

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

geram banget tau hal ini. yg begini2 ga pernah diperhatikan oleh orang2

Multibrand said...

@Dee,
Our government should do its best to make justice prevail for Sumiati starting by hiring the best and most reliable criminal lawyer in Saudi Arabia.

@Fahrizi,
Many things in Saudi Arabia can be confusing for foreigners.

Multibrand said...

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Iya mas media kita cenderung untuk memberitakan tentang hal-hal yang sensasionil seperti Melinda Dee.

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Wisata Murah said...

semoga kasus Sumiati Binti Mustafa Sahlan ini cepat selesai. dan bagi yang tertuduh mendapat hukuman yang setimpal

Multibrand said...

Wisata Murah,
Selamat datang kembali di alam maya.
Semoga pengadilan pada akhirnya memutuskan secara adil.

umiabie said...

hmmmm... it's probleme is confused..