Hafidz bin Kholil Sulam, 46, finally arrived in Indonesia, after being freed
from a death sentence in Saudi Arabia at 11 AM, on Wednesday. Another 54
Indonesian migrant workers are facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia and are not
as lucky as Hafidz is.
Head of Indonesia Migrant Worker Protection & Legal Entity Overseas, Dino
Nurwahyudin, said 54 Indonesian migrant workers are death row prisoners. So
far, seven migrant workers have been released by paying blood money (diyat)
worth 400 thousand real per person.
“Currently, 18 immigrant workers are facing trial for their release, while
another seven have returned back to Indonesia,” Dino told VIVAnews.
Chief of Indonesia Migrant Worker Placement & Protection Bureau (BNP2TKI), M
Jumhur Hidayat, stated that the pardon for the victims’ families was paid by
diyat worth 400 thousand realper person. “The diyat is paid using BNP2TKI's
budget,” he explained.
In addition to the diyat payment, the suspect and the victim must start
reconciling as of the very first trial in the public court.
“Hafidz, who was put behind bars in Mecca since 1999, is released due to a
reconciliation process. An intense discussion between the government and the
victim’s family is important,” he said.
(source: Viva News)