19 Nov 2010

Beaten maid's employer questioned by prosecutors

9:00 am on 19 November 2010

The employer of an Indonesian maid abused and beaten in Saudi Arabia is reported to have been questioned by Saudi prosecutors.

The maid is in hospital in Medina. Doctors say her face and body were covered in gashes and burns.

An Indonesian embassy official says Saudi police believe she had been tortured.

There has been no official Saudi comment on the investigation, but a senior political figure says justice will be done.

The BBC reports domestic migrant workers in the Middle East frequently complain of exploitation and abuse.