Indonesians Try To Save Maid From Beheading

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesians are campaigning to raise half a million dollars to stop the beheading of a maid in Saudi Arabia, asking for donations on TV and social networking sites like Facebook.

A Riyadh court found Darsem binti Dawud Tawar guilty in May 2009 of murdering her Yemeni employer and sentenced her to death.

She claimed it was self-defense, saying her boss had tried to rape her.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Kusuma Habir says the victim's family agreed to pardon Darsem if she came up with $530,000 – known in Arabic as "diyat" or blood money – by July.

She says they've already collected $265,000, thanks to social networking site campaigns, television ads and appeals by local officials.

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