OFW found dead inside Saudi jail

AN overseas Filipino worker who was jailed in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking charges was found dead inside a detention center in Jizan province.

Franco (not his real name), 36, from Candaba, Pampanga, was reported dead Nov 1. Jizan province is located at the far south-west of Saudi Arabia.

Franco was deployed as a trailer truck driver for a Saudi-based company in 2004. He came home for a vacation early this year went back to Saudi Arabia on June 5, 2010.

Sometime in September, his family in the Philippines was informed that Franco was caught by Saudi police for drug trafficking.

On September 15, Franco was brought to Jizan jail.

“We neither heard any information of him nor received calls from him until this report on his death,” a family member said.

Migrante-Middle East called on the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia to form a consular investigating team to shed light on the circumstances of Franco’s death.

“We are not discounting the possibility of a foul play. It is perceived that torture and other inhumane punishments are common,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East coordinator. D’Jay Lazaro

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