A criminal court in Kuwait meted one of its citizens the maximum penalty of death by hanging for the murder of Filipino household worker Jeanelyn Villavende.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the lawyer engaged by the Philippine embassy in Kuwait described the court’s decision as fair and in accordance with the law and Sharia. The lawyer noted the accused assaulted her Filipino employee for days and imprisoned her in a room until her death.
The court also sentenced the accused’s husband to four years of imprisonment for covering up and not reporting the crime.
Locsin tweeted, “To my brother, the Kuwait Ambassador to the PH, I owe you a debt of blood gratitude. My thanks and that of my nation and people is eternal. And that is real diplomacy. Not of talk and wasteful travel expenses but of decision.”
Villavende died in December 2019 due to “acute failure of heart and respiration as result [of] shock and multiple injuries.”