2 Saudi Men Donate Blood Money, Save Pinoy on Death Row

Two Saudi nationals donated SAR 225,000 (P2.827 million) as blood money for a Filipino driver convicted of killing an Indian man by running him over on a motorway in Saudi Arabia, local daily Sabq said.

In a report by Emirates247 citing the local news, the Filipino was driving a van on a road in Al Rass town in Al Qassim Province when he hit the victim, instantly killing him.destrian, killing him instantly, ‘Sabq’ said.

“Two Saudi men donated the diya money requested by the victim’s relatives.

“The court has just sent a letter to the prison to release the Filipino and consider the case closed,” the paper said without identifying those two or saying why they paid the diya.

Under a strictly enforced Islamic law, a convicted killer can only escape execution and walk to freedom if pardoned by the victim’s family in return of blood money or diya, which is set at SR300,000 for a Muslim victim. The victim’s relatives are allowed to demand any sum.

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