Kuwait City: Chilling details of the murder of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis have been in several media reports.
According to these reports, Joanna was unconscious and not dead before she was stuffed into the freezer.
Her employer, Lebanese Nader Essam Assaf reportedly confessed to the police that he had put Demafelis in the freezer himself before she was dead.
According to Arabnewsonline The Lebanese Interpol upon a request from its Kuwaiti counterpart is looking for the alleged murderers of Filipino domestic worker Joanna Daniela Demafelis, The Lebanese man Nader Issam Assaf and his Syrian wife Mona Hassoun are accused of murdering the Filipina and dumping her body in a freezer. However, the Al-Rai daily quoting the mother of the Lebanese man Nader Issam Assaf said her son is innocent and blamed his wife for what has happened.
The mother said she was on a visit to Kuwait and saw the wife grabbing the victim by the hair and hitting her head on the wall
The mother added, she then told her daughter-in-law to return her to the recruitment office if she was not satisfied with her work and the latter ignored. The mother added, she could not stick to the behavior of the wife and decided to leave Kuwait before the expiry of her visit visa. She went on to say she saw her son 10 months ago in a police station in Syria.
He was in a very bad health condition and he told her he had a bypass surgery. She also said two months ago she called her son and he told her his wife had given birth to a baby.
Nader Essam Assaf, a Lebanese national, was arrested in his home country for the death of Joanna Demafelis, Alan Cayetano, the Philippine foreign affairs secretary, said in a statement on Friday
The wife of the principal suspect has been taken into custody by Syrian authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday
He claimed that his Syrian born-wife Mona Hassoun got “addicted” to torturing the Filipina.
The couple is the main suspects in the death of 29-year-old Demafelis, whose body was found two weeks ago inside a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait.
She had been reported missing for almost a year.
Demafelis flew to Kuwait in 2014 to work as a domestic worker.
Her employers allegedly killed her and fled Kuwait in early December 2016.
Assaf was transferred to Beirut but his wife remains in custody in Damascus.
A Lebanese judicial official said the couple had left Kuwait and made a “very brief stopover” in Lebanon before traveling on neighboring Syria.
Demafelis’s death prompted outrage in the Philippines and a ban on Filipinos traveling to work in Kuwait.
Philippines foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano welcomed the news of the arrests, calling it a “critical first step in our quest for justice for Joanna”.
Kuwaiti authorities have vowed to do everything possible to see justice is done.
Mr. Cayetano said he expected Kuwaiti authorities to request the extradition of Assaf from Lebanon, to stand trial in Kuwait.
The death of Demafelis prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to order the repatriation of Filipino workers from Kuwait and banned the deployment of new hires to the Gulf country.