Indonesian citizen spared death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Read more at: The Jakarta Post

An Indonesian national previously sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for allegedly practising witchcraft is due to fly home. Migrant worker Rika Mustikawati of Sukaresmi, Bogor, West Java, was sentenced to death on May 15, 2012, by the district court of Bisha, Saudi Arabia, for practicing witchcraft on her employer’s wife, identified as Salma. In November 2012, efforts by the legal team from the Indonesian Consulate-General in Jeddah succeeded, the Saudi Appeals Court deciding to annul the district court’s death sentence and demanding Rika’s case be retried with a new judge. The Indonesian Foreign Ministry explained that the new trial resulted in Rika’s sentence being reduced from death to a three-year prison sentence. Indonesia continued to appeal in an attempt to have Rika declared innocent, but the Appeals Court upheld the sentence in September 2014.
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