Thursday , May 24, 2018

Filipina in UAE saved from death row

A FEMALE overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was spared from the death row after a court in the United Arab Emirates acquitted her for the killing of her employer who tried to rape her in 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals in Al Ain, in a hearing on June 19, declared Jennifer Dalquez, 30, innocent "without diyyah or payment of blood money," the DFA said in a statement.

However, she was sentenced to five years imprisonment, less the number of days she spent in jail, for stealing a mobile phone.

Dalquez, who was charged with murder, argued that she was only defending herself, as her employer attempted to rape her on December 7, 2014.

The Court of First Instance of Al Ain meted the death sentence on Dalquez on May 20, 2015. Her case was appealed to the Court of Appeals.

The DFA said it has extended all assistance to Dalquez, including provision of a lawyer since her case was heard by the Court of First Instance.

Her parents went to visit her in Al Ain in October 2015 and in March 2017. (SDR/SunStar Philippines)