Sentenced to Life Imprisonment, Former OFW Gets Second Lease in Life

An ex-OFW serving a life sentence was among those pardoned by the head of Kuwait during Eid season. The man had been convicted for the murder of his Filipina partner back in 2007.

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The man had also been repatriated to the Philippines on August 30 after being detained at the Sulaibiya Central Jail for almost 13 years.

Sentenced to Life Imprisonment, Now OFW Gets Second Lease in Life
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Kuwait OFW Among Those Pardoned by Amir During Eid

The defendant had been initially sentenced to death by hanging by the Kuwaiti Court of First Instance, which found him guilty of the murder of his Filipina partner in 2007, reported the Philippine Star.

The decision was affirmed by the Kuwaiti Court of Appeals and Kuwait Court of Cassation in 2009. However, back in 2013, his sentence was eased to life imprisonment after the defendant was given a tanazul or letter of forgiveness from the family of his late Filipina partner after settling the blood money for the crime.

In line with this, Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, chargé d’affaires at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait, extended his thanks to the Amir of Kuwait on behalf of President Duterte for granting pardon to his compatriot.

The Philippine official also noted that past Philippine presidents, including Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, have personally appealed to the Amir to grant clemency to the defendant.

Lomondot also said: “Even after his death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment in 2013, the Philippine government remained persistent in appealing for the Amir’s pardon, through our letters to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

That said, the top Philippine official wished the former OFW well as he starts his life anew, carrying with him the experiences and lessons of the past upon returning back home to the Philippines.

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