02 May 2019 :
Two Indonesian domestic workers sentenced to death for practising witchcraft against their employers' families in Saudi Arabia returned home on 24 April 2019 after their sentences were commuted, Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said.
Sumartini and Warnah, who both have only one name, arrived in Jakarta after serving more than 10 years in a Saudi prison, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, a senior official at the ministry, told Agence France-Presse.
The women were sentenced to death by a court in Riyadh in 2009 but had their punishment reduced in early 2019 after years of negotiation between Jakarta and the oil-rich kingdom.
"After going through a tough negotiation, the embassy managed to convince the Saudi government the women could leave for their homeland," Indonesia's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Agus Maftuh Abegebriel, told AFP.
Sumartini was accused of making the 17-year-old son of her employer vanish by using black magic, although he was later found alive.
Warnah, meanwhile, was accused of casting a spell against her employer's first wife that made her suffer from mysterious illnesses, Indonesian media reported.