Indonesian Consulate General in Houston to Assist Balinese Worker Arrested In US


The Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia in Houston, Texas, U.S., will assist 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa, accused in persecution and rape cases.

Head of Indonesian Worker’s Service, Placement and Protection (BP3TKI) Denpasar I Wayan Pageh, Consulate General in Houston had called Pujayasa’s public defender, Chantel Doakes, appointed by U.S. Government, and who had been provided by his employer company Holland America Lines.

“The Indonesian Consulate in Houston will also visit Ketut Pujayasa at Broward County Prison on Monday, local time,” Pageh assured.

Pujayasa attended his first trial on Tuesday (Feb. 25) at 10 a.m., local time at the US Federal Building and Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Indonesian Consulate also attended Pujaya’s trial and consult his legal options with his attorney.

Ketut Pujayasa, an employee with the MS Nieuw Amsterdam since 2012, had allegedly raped a 31-year-old U.S. woman, early Friday morning (Feb. 14) while the cruise ship was off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.

Pujayasa was arrested Sunday (Feb. 16) upon the cruise ship returning to Port Everglades in Florida.

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