SAUDI ARABIA: FILIPINO WORKER EXECUTED
January 31, 2019:
A 39-year-old Filipino household service worker, Rosalia Bacona Ajmahul, was executed for murder in Saudi Arabia on 29 January 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed. (Sources: PNA, 31/01/2019)
The agency explained that the Philippine government was not able to save the Filipino service worker from death after the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council classified her case "as one in which blood money does not apply under Shariah law."
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato declined to provide additional information on the Filipino's identity, as well as the murder case she was involved in, citing the request for privacy of her next of kin.
According to Ambassador Adnan Alonto, the Embassy has provided her with legal assistance to represent her in all stages of trial and has provided her family in the Philippines regular updates about her case.
In addition, representatives were sent to visit her in Saudi jail, he added.
In its statement, the agency extended condolences to her bereaved family.