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OFW executed in Jeddah -- DFA
« on: October 14, 2008, 07:18:08 PM »
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) An overseas Filipino worker convicted of killing a Saudi national was executed 10 a.m. Saudi time (around 3 p.m. Philippine time) Tuesday in Jeddah, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Saudi’s highest court, the Supreme Judicial Council, affirmed on April 21 the death sentence on Jenifer Bidoya, also known as Venancio Ladion, after a lower court found him guilty of killing the Saudi national, DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos said.

He said these court decisions were made despite appeals by the lawyer hired by the Philippine consulate general in Jeddah to represent Bidoya before the emir of Makkah, the governor of Jeddah, and the minister of interior.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo even wrote two letters to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, on December 6, 2007 and another on July 7, 2008 requesting clemency for Bidoya, Conejos said.

"However, in spite of these efforts, the victim's family was adamant in refusing to forgive Bidoya and insisted on their right to quisas or the imposition of equivalent penalty," he said.

Conejos explained that under Sharia'h law, the crime of murder entails both public and private liability.

"While the King of Saudi Arabia can forgive the public rights aspect of the case, he cannot extend clemency if the victim's family insists on their right of quisas as they did on this case," he said.

Conejos said the DFA has already informed the family of Bidoya of the execution and was coordinating with the labor department on how to extend assistance to his family.(inquirer.net)

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