OFW on death row in Saudi repatriated to Manila – Phl embassy

THE Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) jailed at Al Hair jail arrived on 20 February 2011 in Manila.

The OFW was meted capital punishment on 17 February 2009 for hitting a cashier with a metal bar and for robbing a call center establishment. The judge considered the crime as haraba (heinous) and ordered the carrying out of qisas (beheading).

The Embassy extended all possible assistance to the OFW, and in the early stages of trial, had hired a lawyer for him.  After conviction, an appeal was then filed  for him.

Embassy officials also conducted regular visits and provided him amenities.

On the persistent efforts by the embassy-hired counsel and parallel representations by Embassy and DFA officials for clemency to be extended to him, the court reconsideredon 07 April 2009the penalty and commuted his sentence to five years imprisonment and 500 lashes.

While awaiting the conclusion of his jail term, the Embassy made further representations with the Jawasat immigration police and the OFW’s employers for the immediate processing and release of his exit visa.

Now he is back home, happily with his family, the DFA said.

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