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Filipina narrowly avoids death by stoning in Saudi|
13-Jun-11, 3:24 PM | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines – A married Filipino woman convicted of adultery has been saved from a death sentence - by stoning - imposed by a Saudi court, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported.
A Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) statement said the department and the Embassy extended all possible assistance to save the life of “Nena.”
Nena was among several Filipino irregular workers who were apprehended with their common-law partners in a raid conducted by Saudi authorities in October 2009.
Nena admitted before the court that she has a husband in the Philippines and she had an illicit relationship with her partner in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, illicit relationships are strictly prohibited.
She was indicted for adultery and on October 27, 2010, was sentenced to death by stoning.
The Embassy led by then Charge d’Affaires, a.i., and now Ambassador-designate, Ezzedin Tago filed an appeal in her behalf. The Appellate Court then referred the case back to the Riyadh Grand Court for a retrial of the case.
The Embassy’s Assistance to Nationals Section (ANS) closely followed Nena’s case in court.
On May 10, 2011, the judge reconsidered his decision and sentenced Nena to three years imprisonment. Thereafter, she was granted royal clemency.
Nena is scheduled to be repatriated to Manila shortly.
“The assistance provided by the DFA and the Embassy to Filipino detainees is in fulfillment of the Aquino administration’s commitment in the protection of the rights and welfare of its nationals abroad,” said the DFA.
Meanwhile, the Embassy appealed to Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia to respect the laws of the Kingdom to avoid similar legal problems.