Indonesian Worker Accused of Witchcraft Dodged Death Penalty

Tri Kurniawan    •    Selasa, 04 Aug 2015 11:26 WIB
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Indonesian Worker Accused of Witchcraft Dodged Death Penalty
Indonesian workers. (Photo: Antara Foto / Lucky R), Bogor: Indonesian migrant worker Rika Mustikawati binti Pice was able to breathe freely. The citizen of Bogor, West Java, who was employed in Bisha, Saudi Arabia, had escaped death penalty.

Rika's sister, Dewi Nurhandayani, 27, was notified that her sister was facing death penalty through the Indonesian Foreign Ministry's Directorate General of Protocol and Consulate's letter on October 16, 2012, saying that Rika was accused of casting magic spell against her employer.

"The content of the letter said that my sister was accused of conducting magic against her employer," Dewi said at her residence in Jalan Ahmad Yunus Jembatan I, Sukaresmi Sub-Ditristrict, Tanah Sareal District, Bogor, West Java.

Earlier on September 16, 2012, the board of judges of the Bisha Legal Court sentenced Rika to death. Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah had provided legal assistance by assigning legal counsel to appeal.

"During the appeal hearing, my sister had always sent out news and said she was innocent. And, it was true, finally the trial decided that my sister was freed," Dewi added.

Rika's family member was also relieved to hear the news that her sister was taken off from the death penalty.