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Saudi Arabia slammed by Indonesia over beheading

JAKARTA -- Jakarta on Sunday condemned the beheading by sword of an Indonesian maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer's wife in the oil-rich country, an official said.

The woman, named Roiaiti Beth Sabotti Sarona, according to a transliteration from Arabic, was found guilty of killing Saudi woman Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid by striking her repeatedly on the head with a meat chopper and stabbing her in the neck, Saudi authorities said.

She was executed Saturday in the western province of Mecca.

"Without prejudice to the legal system in force in Saudi Arabia, the Indonesian government criticized that the execution was carried out without observing international practices relating to consular protection," Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Tene told AFP.

"We were aware of the case and she had confessed to the murder. But we were not informed of the timing of the execution," he added, voicing "deep sorrow" over the beheading.

The government will summon the Saudi ambassador in Jakarta to express its concern, Tene said.

Around 70 percent of the 1.2 million Indonesians working in Saudi Arabia are domestic helpers, according to officials.

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