An Indonesian migrant worker prepared to be sent to Saudi Arabia covers her face during an inspection by the police in Bekasi in this June 22, 2011, file photo. (EPA Photo/Mast Irham)

Body of Indonesian Maid Murdered in Jordan to Arrive in Indonesia Today


AUGUST 25, 2015

Jakarta. The body of an Indonesian migrant worker who was allegedly murdered by her employer in Jordan two weeks ago will arrive in Jakarta on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry says.

News of the death of 25-year-old Saerah, originally from Grobogan district in Central Java, only broke last week when her older sister, Sulastri, received a call from the Indonesian Embassy in Amman notifying the family about the murder.

Citing information from the embassy, Sulastri said her sister, who left for Jordan in 2009, was murdered on Aug. 13.

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the ministry's director for consular and legal affairs, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspect, reportedly a member of the Jordanian armed forces, had been detained and was to face trial in a military court in Jordan.

"The Indonesian Embassy also managed to obtain the deceased's personal belongings and remaining salary for the past six years," Lalu said.

He added that Indonesian officials would retain lawyers to take care of any legal proceedings in Jordan.

"The assault was very cruel. The embassy will provide legal help for the case and hopefully the suspect gets what she deserves," Lalu said.

Once Saerah's body arrives back in Jakarta, the Foreign Ministry and the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) have arranged to transport it to Saerah's hometown of Grobogan.