MANILA — A Filipina domestic helper who was found guilty of murder was executed in Saudi Arabia, the Department of Foreign Affairs DFA) said Thursday.

In an interview with DZMM, DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said that the Saudi authorities carried out the sentence against the 39-year-old Filipina on Tuesday.

According to the DFA, it was not able to save the life of the Filipina after the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council classified her case as one in which blood money does not apply under Shariah law. 

Blood money is compensation under Shariah Law that is offered to the family of murder victims. Should they accept it, the family will execute an affidavit of forgiveness so that death penalty will not be carried out on the accused.

The OFW’s relatives were notified of her death Wednesday, Cato said. 

Cato declined to provide the identity of the Filipina, saying her family has requested for privacy.

The Philippine Embassy provided the Filipina with a lawyer to assist her in all stages of her trial, sent representatives to visit her, and gave her family in the Philippines with regular updates about her case, said Cato.

Foreigners, including a number of overseas Filipino workers, in the past, have been executed by beheading in Saudi Arabia, which has one of the harshest punishments for crimes in the world.

Sources: DZMM | GMA News


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