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Monday, April 16, 2012

After 11 Years In Jail The OFW Is Ready To Go Home

In a news report from the GlobalNation, Rodelio Lanuza, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) will soon come back to the Philippines after being jailed for almost 11 years in Saudi Arabia.

According to Migrante International the Saudi Reconciliation Committee (SRC) has given Lanuza freedom after his friends and family had raised the blood money to compensate the family of the man he killed.  The blood money amounts to P35 million.

Wikipedia defines Diyya as a is financial compensation paid to the heirs of a victim. In Arabic, the word means both blood money and ransom
"We are very happy for Dondon and the Lanuza family. All our efforts have not been in vain, and we attribute this mainly to Dondon’s fighting spirit and the collective efforts of friends, supporters and family,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chair.

"If not for these, the Philippine and Saudi governments would not have given proper attention to Dondon's case,” he added.

Lanuza was sentenced on the year 2000 for killing a Saudi man.  However, he maintained his innocence saying that the only reason why killed the man was for self defense.

According to Migrante International website there are still 122 Filipinos on death row abroad.  Migrante International is handling eight cases including the case of Lanuza.

* picture was taken from Migrante International

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