The Jeddah Criminal Court in Saudi Arabia had upheld the death penalty for two Filipinos for allegedly 3 fellow Filipinos in April 2006.
Among the 7 Filipinos who were convicted of the crime of murder in 2006, 1 had already died inside the jail, 2 were facing death penalty and the other 4 were facing 15 years imprisonment and 1,500 lashes.
According to ABS-CBN News, Vice Consul Alexander Estomo of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah and a translator had personally attended the hearing when the court’s presiding judge had given the death sentence to the 2 Filipinos.
The said crime had awaken the OFWs in Jeddah because the victims had been chopped by the convicted Filipino killers.
However, the Philippine Consulate claimed the convicted men can still make an appeal on the court’s decision.
Apparently, Estomo claimed that while the case is still in the criminal court, they still have 30 days to file an appeal.If the Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the criminal court, the case will be brought to the Supreme Judicial Council in Riyadh. And if the Supreme Judicial Council upheld the decision of both the Court of Appeal and criminal court, the case will be brought to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques or the King of Saudi Arabia for final decision.
But then, the Philippine Embassy claimed they were not losing hope as the embassy believes there is still the possibility of preventing the implementation of the death sentence for the 2 Filipinos.
“Meron pang pagkakataon na mapigipan pa itong implementation ng kamatayan dito sa dalawang kababayan natin, and hopefully yung inaasahan din po natin pagsisikapan din natin na sana nga mapawalangsala din po sila.”
Next week, the Philippine Consulate will prepare the draft of the appeal just in case they receive the copy of the court’s decision so they can endorse the case to a lawyer.
Meanwhile, Estomo narrated that the accused were physically okay except for the two who were facing death penalty. But then, Estomo assured them that they will exhaust all possible means and efforts to reverse the court’s decision.
As of this writing, the identity of the two Filipinos were not yet revealed.