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Monday, April 02, 2018

Do you Know That Demafelis Employer Was Only Sentenced In Kuwait But They Are Still In Lebanon and Syria?

Just a few months ago, the body of Joanna Demafelis was found inside a freezer in an abandoned flat formerly occupied by her Lebanese and Syrian employers in Hawally, Kuwait. President Duterte declared total deployment ban for all overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait. The ban could be lifted should the demands of the Philippine government would be met— one of which is bringing justice to Demafelis' death.
The murder suspects were already arrested, Nader Essam Assaf, the husband,  in Lebanon and Mouna Hassoun, the wife, is being detained in Damascus, Syria. The Kuwaiti government has already sentenced the couple of death penalty for the murder of the OFW. However, it is not yet clear if the couple will undergo trial in Kuwait or the Lebanese and Syrian government would comply for their extradition to Kuwait where the crime was committed.
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Just a few months ago, the body of Joanna Demafelis was found inside a freezer in an abandoned flat formerly occupied by her Lebanese and Syrian employers in Hawally, Kuwait. President Duterte declared total deployment ban for all overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait. The ban could be lifted should the demands of the Philippine government would be met— one of which is bringing justice to Demafelis' death.  The murder suspects were already arrested, the husband in Lebanon and the wife is being detained in Damascus, Syria. The Kuwaiti government has already sentenced the couple of death penalty for the murder of the OFW. However, it is not yet clear if the couple will undergo trial in Kuwait or the Lebanese and Syrian government would comply for their extradition to Kuwait where the crime was committed.  Advertisement        Sponsored Links       The Philippines has welcomed the decision of a Kuwaiti court to sentence to death the principal suspects in the murder of Filipina domestic worker Joanna Demafelis.  In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it was looking forward to the cooperation of the Kuwaiti, Lebanese and Syrian governments "to bring this case to a close."  “We take note of the swift action taken by Kuwaiti authorities in connection with the murder of our kababayan Joanna Demafelis,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.  “This is a very important development in our quest for justice for Joanna,” he added.  “We continue to look forward to the cooperation of our friends not only in Kuwait but also in Lebanon and Syria in our efforts to bring this case to a close,” Cayetano said.  Cayetano said Kuwaiti authorities informed Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola of the court decision at a meeting in Kuwait on Sunday.  The embassy later obtained a copy of the court decision.  Media reports attributed to court authorities in Kuwait later said principal suspect Lebanese Nader Essam Assaf and his Syrian wife Mouna Hassoun were tried in absentia also on Sunday and sentenced to death for killing the 29-year-old Filipina domestic worker and hiding her body in a freezer.  The couple fled Kuwait immediately after the murder last year but were identified after Demafelis’s body was discovered by authorities inside their abandoned apartment last month.  Both were later reported arrested in Lebanon and Syria respectively.  Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa said Kuwaiti authorities have requested the extradition of Assaf.  The DFA said Lebanese authorities may decide to will try him in Beirut instead.  Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said the DFA would provide lawyers to assist in the case should Lebanese authorities decide to hold the trials in Beirut.  She said the Philippine Embassy in Beirut was scheduled to meet with Lebanese authorities handling the case on Tuesday to see how they would want to proceed.     Read More:  Remittance Fees To Be Imposed To Kuwait Expats Expected To Bring $230 Million Income  TESDA Provides Training For Returning OFWs  Look! Hut Built For NPA Surrenderees  Cash Aid To Be Given To Displaced OFWs From Kuwait—OWWA    Skilled Workers In The UAE Can Now Have Maximum Of Two Part-time Jobs    Former OFW In Dubai Now Earning P25K A Week From Her Business    Top Search Engines In The Philippines For Finding Jobs Abroad    5 Signs A Person Is Going To Be Poor And 5 Signs You Are Going To Be Rich

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The Philippine government has welcomed the decision of a Kuwaiti court to sentence to death the former employers for the murder of Joanna Demafelis.


The Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement it was looking forward to the cooperation of the Kuwaiti, Lebanese and Syrian governments "to bring this case to a close."


Cayetano said Kuwaiti authorities informed Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola of the court decision at a meeting in Kuwait on Sunday.

The embassy later obtained a copy of the court decision.

Media reports pertaining to court authorities in Kuwait later said the Lebanese principal suspect and his Syrian wife were tried in absentia also on Sunday and sentenced to death for killing the 29-year-old OFW hiding her body in a freezer and left Kuwait.

They were both arrested in Lebanon and Syria respectively.

According to Ambassador to Kuwait, Renato Villa, Kuwaiti authorities have requested the extradition of Assaf.

The DFA said Lebanese authorities may decide to conduct trial on him in Beirut instead.

If that will be the case, Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said the DFA would provide lawyers to assist.

 Philippine Embassy in Beirut was scheduled to meet with Lebanese authorities handling the case to see how they would want to proceed with the trial.



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