Filipino expat in Saudi Arabia handed seven-year prison sentence for murder

Published:  13 Jan at 2 PM
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A Qatari court has sentenced a Filipino expatriate to seven years in jail after finding him guilty of murdering one of his compatriots.

The court has also told the man to pay QR200,000 in blood money to the victim’s family after the death sentence was waived. The man has appealed the judgment and the case has been adjourned till 23 February, when it will be heard at a higher level.

The man was found guilty of repeatedly hitting the victim with an iron rod, before stabbing him with a knife and pouring burning oil over the victim’s head when his request for financial help was turned down. In making the ruling, the court said the killing was against Islamic teachings and doctrines.

Neighbours arrived at the scene after hearing the victim’s cries for help but were too late. However, they saw him trying to conceal the weapons used in the crime as he hurriedly tried to escape. Police got to the crime scene minutes later after receiving an emergency call from a neighbour and arrested the man.

The man denied committing the murder and said he was coerced into confessing by the investigators. However, the judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to find him guilty.
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