Saudi Woman Sentenced to Death for Killing Bangladeshi Domestic Worker

A Saudi criminal court has convicted a Saudi woman for killing her Bangladeshi housekeeper in 2019, a government official from Bangladesh said.

In a rare judgment, Ayesha Al Jizani was convicted with the death sentence on Sunday, for the death of Abiron Begum, who went to Saudi to work as a domestic worker to sustain her family.

Ayub Ali, Begum’s brother-in law said, “(She) wanted to go abroad to earn more money so that she could pay for her aged parents,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Ali added that her employers began torturing Begum two weeks after she left for the Gulf state.

“She would call us and cry … we begged the brokers here to bring her back, but no one listened to us,” Ali said.

Meanwhile, the court also sentenced Al Jizani’s husband Bassem Salem to three years in prison and their child to a youth correctional facility for seven months.

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