File - Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad (in picture) who is on death row for killing her employer in Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO / SETIAWAN)
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Indonesia has agreed to pay $1.9 million to stop the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in Saudi Arabia for murder, a minister said Thursday.Under Islamic sharia law followed in Saudi Arabia, the family of a victim can settle for "blood money" instead of an execution.The Indonesian government has fought a long battle to save the maid and had already managed to get the execution delayed five times since her conviction.If Ahmad was beheaded, it could have set back attempts by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to mend ties damaged by the 2011 beheading of an Indonesian maid, who was also guilty of murder.
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