SAUDI ARABIA: SAUDI NATIONAL HANDED DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDER OF BANGLADESHI WOMAN
February 16, 2021:
A criminal court in Riyadh on 14 February 2021 handed a Saudi national the death penalty for the murder of a Bangladeshi domestic worker. (Source: Middle east eye, 15/02/2021)
Abiron Begum Ansar, a 40-year-old domestic worker, was found dead in Riyadh in March 2019 after being beaten to death by her employers.
Her family said Ansar's body was "unrecognisable" when it was repatriated back to Bangladesh seven months later.
The Riyadh Criminal Court found Ayesha al-Jazani guilty of Ansar's murder and gave her the death penalty after it had been requested by the Ansar's family.
It also found Jazani's husband, Bassem Salem, guilty of tampering with the crime scene, sending Ansar to work for other people and not paying for her medical care. He was given a 38-month prison sentence and a 50,000 Saudi riyal fine.
Walid Basem Salem, Jazani's son, was given a seven-month sentence inside a juvenile detention facility.
During a hearing in January, Ansar's family had requested the death penalty for Jazani instead of financial compensation.
Documents seen by Middle East Eye show that the family asked the Bangladeshi embassy in Riyadh to request the death penalty as part of the qisas legal rules in Saudi Arabia.