Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud earlier this month pardoned 141 Indonesian migrant workers from prison as an expression of gratitude for his successful surgery.
“On April 1 the Indonesian Embassy received a notification from Saudi Arabian government about the pardon granted for 141 Indonesian migrant workers,” Reyna Usman, the director general for migrant worker guidance and placement at the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, said today.
Reyna said the pardon was the result the ministry’s partnership with the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Indonesia, Mustafa Bin Ibrahim al-Mubarak.
Reyna said the pardon was given following the king’s successful surgery last December.
The Saudi government claimed many of the migrant workers who were in jail committed fraud, adultery and sorcery.
Reyna said that Shariah law in Saudi Arabia recognized two types of punishments that could assigned by the court: those for violation of the public and those which violated private rights.
The state could file a legal suit against the violation of public rights but a suit for the violation of private rights must be filed by the victim.
The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration reported that between 2010 and 2012 more than 500 jailed Indonesian migrant workers have been pardoned by the Saudi government.