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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Saudis behead 4 Filipinos

Saudis behead 4 Filipinos for murdering compatriot

Excerpt - (UPDATE) RIYADH--Four Filipinos convicted of murdering a compatriot were beheaded by the sword Monday in the western Saudi city of Taef, the interior ministry said.

Miguel Fernandez, Sergio Aldana, Wilfredo Batista, and Antonio Alviza were convicted of murdering Jaimie de la Cruz "by stabbing him repeatedly until he died," said a ministry statement carried by the SPA official news agency.

They "stole all his money," the statement added.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said the amount stolen was 200,000 Saudi riyals (almost three million pesos at current exchange rates).

The department's Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers? Affairs (OUMWA) is now informing the families of the four Filipinos, it said in a press statement.

A report from the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said that on January 6, 2000, the victim, Jaime de la Cruz, was found dead in his quarters within a hospital compound in Taef, where he and his attackers were working. His body bore multiple stab wounds.

De la Cruz had just collected his prize money amounting to 270,000 Saudi Riyals in an underground lottery that day.

Six Filipinos, all co-workers of De la Cruz, were eventually charged with the crime. Two of the six accused were sentenced by the Taef Higher Court to five- and seven-year prison sentences while the remaining four were meted the death penalty.

During the course of the case, the DFA-OUMWA said it brought the families of the convicts and the family of the victim together to settle payment of blood money, and negotiate for the issuance of an "affidavit of willingness" to accept blood money.

To help the families of the convicted Filipinos, the DFA also managed to negotiate with the victim's family to lower their initial blood-money demand of six million pesos to three million pesos. Congressman Mark Conjuangco also donated 100,000 pesos as initial seed money for the payment of blood money.

Using its legal assistance funds, OUMWA also sent a Shari'ah lawyer to attend and assist the accused Filipinos during their court hearings and to ensure that their rights were duly protected.

At the time of the execution, the DFA was still making arrangements for the settling all issues related to the raising and paying of blood money among the families of the convicted Filipinos. However, the resolution of the case reached an impasse as the parties could not agree on the final arrangements for the payment of the blood money.

Consul General Pendosina Lomondot said that following the laws and practices of the Kingdom, the four Filipinos were executed by way of beheading without prior notice given to the Philippine Consulate.

Lomondot also said his office was now coordinating with the concerned Saudi authorities for the expeditious repatriation of the remains of the four Filipinos.

The latest executions bring to 25 the number of beheadings announced by Saudi authorities so far this year. Thirty-five people were beheaded in the kingdom in 2004, according to an Agence France-Presse tally based on official statements.

Executions are generally carried out in public in Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict form of Islamic law. The death penalty is meted out for murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, and drug trafficking.

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Hard Comment: Beheadings in Public are a way of life in Saudi Arabia. Team Bush calls it barbaric, but that hasn't stopped him from doing business with these people for the last 30 years has it?

I wonder if Beheadings will become the rule of law in Iraq, what do think?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

More beheadings. THis is just sick. If only those that commit these barbaric acts could see the democratic light and would instead electrocute the people, we could all live more comfortably.

10:09 AM, March 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks electricution of a guilty person is better than beheading is stupid, scientifically it is better to behead as the only pain the person feels is the cutting of the skin after that the nerves are severed and thus the person feels no pain. Surely it is more better to behead than electric chair. Better than all is the lethal injection

3:49 PM, March 16, 2005  

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