Filipino Household Service Worker Executed for Murder in Saudi Arabia
A 39-year-old Filipino household service worker was executed for murder in Saudi Arabia on January 29, 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed January 1, PTV News reported.
The agency explained that the Philippine government was not able to save the Filipino service worker from death after the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council classified her case “as one in which blood money does not apply under Shariah law.”
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato declined to provide additional information on the Filipino’s identity, as well as the murder case she was involved in, citing the request for privacy of her next of kin.
According to Ambassador Adnan Alonto, the Embassy has provided her with legal assistance to represent her in all stages of trial and has provided her family in the Philippines regular updates about her case.
In addition, representatives were sent to visit her in Saudi jail, he added.
In its statement, the agency extended condolences to her bereaved family.
The Filipino’s execution is the second in two years after the death of Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017.
Pawa, who was executed by hanging, was buried the day after in Kuwait.
The DFA has yet to issue information whether the remains of the executed Filipino from Saudi Arabia will be repatriated soon.