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Filipino murder convict executed in Saudi Arabia

Filipino murder convict executed in Saudi Arabia after failing to meet $1 million demand

Filipino murder convict executed in Saudi Arabia

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Officials say a Filipino murder convict has been executed in Saudi Arabia after failing to meet the demand of the Sudanese victim's family for payment of $1 million.

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says Joselito Lidasan Zapanta's death sentence was carried out Tuesday after his family and the government managed to raise only 23 million pesos ($488,000).

Jose says the victim's family refused to sign an affidavit of forgiveness that would have spared Zapanta the death penalty unless it was paid 48 million pesos ($1 million).

The 35-year-old tile-setter was convicted of murder and robbery by a Riyadh court in 2010.

The plight of Filipino workers overseas is a sensitive issue in the Philippines, with a tenth of the country's 100 million people working abroad.


Updated : 2021-05-08 17:30 GMT+08:00