“Executed for murder”—was confirmed from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in light of a 39-year old Filipino household service worker tried in Saudi Arabia.
DFA explained that the Philippine government was not able to save the Filipino worker from the death penalty imposed by the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council classified her case “as one in which blood money does not apply under the Shariah law.”
The agency declined to provide additional information on the Filipino’s identity, and the murder case he/she was involved in, citing the request for privacy of her next kin.
According to Ambassador Adnan Alonto, the Embassy has provided her with legal assistance to represent her in all stages of the trial and has provided her family in the Philippines regular updates about her case.
Representatives were also sent to visit her in Saudi jail, Alonto added.
In a statement, DFA extended condolences to the bereaved family.
This is the second execution on a Filipino worker in the middle east—in two years after the death of Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017.
Pawa was buried in Kuwait, after the day of his execution by hanging.
The DFA has yet to issue information whether the remains of the executed Filipino from Saudi Arabia will be repatriated soon.
Following this execution in Saudi Arabia, however, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. has revived his call against the reimposition of the death penalty in the country.
“We lose the argument of respecting our culture which abhors the taking of a human life by a cold formal state justice system when we believe that a state exists to protect life,” he said through Twitter.
“notoriously unfair criminal justice system”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people last year according to US-based Human Rights Watch half of them on non-violent drug charge.
The group urged the Saudi Arabian government to improve what it called a “notoriously unfair criminal justice system”.
Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s highest rates of execution: suspects convicted of homicide, rape, armed robbery, terrorism and drug trafficking face the death penalty.
Human Rights experts have raised their concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom, which is governed by a strict form of Islamic law. The government says the death penalty is a deterrent for further crime. (LON with reports from AFP)