Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ministry Summons Saudi Envoy For Third Time

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said he would summon the Saudi ambassador in Jakarta over the latest tragedy that had befallen an Indonesia migrant worker in the Middle Eastern country, Kikim Komalasari from Cianjur, West Java.

It would be the third time for the Saudi envoy to be invited to come to the foreign ministry after he was twice requested to clarify the torture suffered by Sumiati, a migrant worker from Dempo, West Nusatenggara, by her employer in Saudi Arabia.

"Today we again summoned the Saudi ambassador not for the Sumiati case but for the discovery of Indonesian migrant worker Kikim Komalasari`s dead body in a public garbage dump in Abha City," Marty said here, Friday.

Marty said information on Kikim`s fate was obtained by the Indonesian consulate general in Jidda from its task force network in Abha.

The Saudi Arabian police initially thought the deceased was a citizen of Bangladesh but later they learned that the body was an Indonesian migrant worker named Kikim Komalasari.

"We have sent a consulate staffer to Abha City to ascertain the deceased`s identity and also to take further legal measures," he said.

"For sure we know the legal process is still on going and the employer alleged to have committed the crime has been detained by the Saudi police," said Marty.

Marty emphasized the two cases were affecting Indonesia`s relations with Saudi Arabia because the latter`s government had also condemned any violence against migrant workers, including those from Indonesia.
Both countries were now dealing with the issues together, he said.

"In the meantime, we are now also discussing how to ensure that the two cases will be legally settled, and how to prevent such tragedies from happening again in the future," the minister said.


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