RI 'won't pay blood money'

RI 'won't pay blood money'

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi says the government has earmarked no budget for diyat (blood money) to save a number of migrant workers from capital punishment in Saudi Arabia.

"In helping Indonesian citizens facing capital punishment [overseas], there are things we can do to make clear the state's presence. But there are limits to what we can do; we are limited to giving advocacy and protection," she said in a hearing with the House's Commission I on information, defence and foreign affairs on Thursday.

Retno acknowledged that the government had limitations in what it could do to give protection to 299 Indonesians facing capital punishment overseas, including a number of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi Arabian law, people convicted to death for murder can be reprieved of execution provided the victims' family expresses pardon and the convict pays diyat. An edict on diyat issued by Saudi Arabian clerics set the amount at 200,000 riyal (S$76,000) for a female convict and 400,000 riyal for a male.

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