The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Monday that the employer of Joanna Demafelis, Filipina worker found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait, has been found guilty of murder. 

The Syrian District Criminal Court handed down the verdict against Mouna Ali Hassoun, who has been under their custody since last 2018.

“DFA will continue to provide legal assistance to the family until justice is served,” the DFA said in a tweet.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. retweeted the post and added, “Yup, they’re gonna get it.”

Meanwhile, her Lebanese husband, Nader Essam Assaf, is charged with murder in Lebanon. The DFA has to yet to give updates regarding Assaf’s case.

Last year, the Kuwaiti Criminal Court decided to punish the couple with death sentence by hanging. However, being a Lebanese national, Assaf was turned over to Beirut whereas his wife Hassoun remained in Syria. 

In 2014, Demafelis left Iloilo to work as domestic helper in Kuwait and she went missing in 2016. The discovery of her remains early last year has led the Philippine government to ban deployment of Filipino workers in the Gulf country

On a different note, Demafelis’ brother, Joejet, welcomed the decision of the Syrian court. 

“Happy ako na unti-unti nang umuusad ang case niya,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

Joejet agrees to punish Hassoun and Assaf to death by hanging.

“Sana matupad at maipakita sa amin ng tama kung ano ang ginawa nila sa kapatid ko,” he added.


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