Dammam in Saudi Arabia where the maid had worked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An Indonesian maid charged with murder in Saudi Arabia has been freed from death row and has returned to Indonesia. In May 2010, Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan was arrested after being accused of the premeditated murder of her employer’s three-month-old son.

She was accused of putting drugs and rat poison in the child’s milk bottle, Tempo reported. Dasan’s employer filed a lawsuit seeking the death penalty against her. However, the Dammam District Court rejected the lawsuit as the employer was unable to present evidence to prove his claim.

Dasan spent eight years in prison waiting for the verdict in her case. On April 3, after a long legal process, she was finally declared free and allowed to return to Indonesia.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dasan arrived in Jakarta. The Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh provided assistance to her during her trial and her repatriation. Agus Maftuh, Indonesia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said the embassy would remain consistent in serving and helping all Indonesian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.

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