Indonesia demands explanation on dropped case of abused maid Adelina

23-Apr-2019 Intellasia | NST | 6:38 AM Print This Post

The Indonesian consulate in Penang is demanding an explanation on the decision by a court here to drop the case of Indonesian domestic helper, Adelina Jerima Sau, who died after alleged abuse by her employer, last year.

Indonesian consul-general in Penang, Iwanshah Wibisino, said an official letter had been sent requesting a meeting with the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) to find out why the case was dropped by the court.

“I hope the meeting can be made as soon as possible, because we have to give an explanation to Adelina’s family in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on the development of the case and why it was dropped,” he said on Sunday.

Iwanshah said the decision has not only shocked the people of Indonesia, but Malaysians as well.

However, he said the consulate respects the process of law in this country and hopes Adelina will get justice.

On Friday, it was reported that Adelina’s employer, Ambika MA Shan, 61, escaped the death sentence after the High Court here freed her from a charge of killing Adelina.

This was after the DPP requested that she be freed without being acquitted.

The decision shocked many quarters, including non-governmental organisations Tenaganita and the International Humanitarian Welfare Organisation (IHWO) which demanded that Attorney general Tommy Thomas review the decision.

Adelina was rescued from her employer’s house in Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, last year, in a weakened state after a photograph of her stranded outside her employer’s house was taken by a neighbour.

When rescued, Adelina, 21, was found to have serious injuries over her whole body, with puss-filled wounds due to burns on her arms and legs, while her face was swollen.

It was learnt that the victim had also been forced to sleep outside the house with the dog.

However, Adelina died while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital.


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