Indonesia pays ‘blood money’ to save maid from execution in Saudi Arabia

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Indonesia pays ‘blood money’ to save maid from execution in Saudi Arabia

By Schams Elwazer and Kathy Quiano, CNN
April 4, 2014 — Updated 0240 GMT (1040 HKT)

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(CNN) — Indonesia’s government has stepped in at the eleventh hour to help save an Indonesian woman on death row in Saudi Arabia from being executed this weekend.

Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, a 40-year old working as a housemaid in the Gulf kingdom, was sentenced to death in 2011 after she reportedly admitted to killing her 70-year-old female employer and stealing approximately $10,000. She said it was in self-defense as her boss had been trying to attack her at the time.

She was facing execution on Saturday unless the dead woman’s family received 7 million Saudi riyals ($1.8 million) in financial compensation, known as diyya or “blood money.” A pardon would likely follow if the…

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