Jakarta. Malaysian authorities are looking for another suspect in a murder case in which an Indonesian maid died after allegedly suffering from abuse by her employers, an official from Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday (12/02).
The 21-year-old maid, identified as Adelina, died on Sunday night at Bukit Mertajam Hospital in Penang, according to Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the ministry's citizen protection and legal aid director.
Adelina was made to sleep outdoors with the family's pet dog for almost two months, and had refused to speak when the police came calling after a tip-off from neighbors about the alleged abuse, state news agency Antara reported.
Iqbal said a postmortem examination will be conducted on Tuesday to investigate the cause of death.
Malaysian police could not get a statement out of Adelina even though she was still conscious when she arrived at the hospital because she was "in pain and traumatized."
The police have detained her two employers, and are looking for one of their relatives, who is believed to be the main suspect in the case.
"It’s not her employers [who did it], but one of their relatives. However, the employers are being detained because the police didn’t get a chance to interview the victim," Iqbal said.
Adelina is believed to be a resident of East Nusa Tenggara. Iqbal said she had entered Malaysia legally at one point, but may have gone to the neighboring country a second time through other means.
Neni Kurniati, a consular at Indonesia's consulate general in Penang, told Metro TV that Adelina was working in Malaysia without a visa. The consulate has been trying to get in contact with the victim's family.
Adelina's family will be allowed to claim her body after the postmortem examination is completed, she said.