A Filipino received clemency in Kuwait and was sent back to the Philippines, the Philippine Embassy confirmed.
According to Charge d’ Affaires Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, OFW Bienvenido Espino boarded an aircraft going back to the Philippines on August 30, at the Kuwait International Airport. Espino was sentenced to death for taking the life of his Filipina partner in 2008.
“I hope that OFW Espino will carry with him the experiences and lessons of the past as he starts a new life in the Philippines. I wish him well in his future endeavors,” says the Consul General Lomondot.
It is said that His Highness The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah gave Espino a pardon during the Eid season, together with other Filipino detainees from Sulaibija Central Jail. Espino thanked the kind gesture of the Amir of Kuwait.
It can be recalled that Espino was sentenced to hanging in 2008 after he was found guilty under the Kuwait Court of First over the killing of his Filipina partner. Additionally, the Kuwaiti Court of Appeals and the Kuwait Court of Cessation upheld the decision.
However, Espino settled the blood money demanded by the family and he was able to receive a letter of forgiveness. The previous death sentence was lowered to life imprisonment.