Reward – A Sword
Overseas Filipino workers should be aware that in Saudi Arabia it is not worth risking your life for just a one second of wrath. Taking someone life means you pay your own life too.
Yesterday another Filipino was beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a Saudi national. OFW Jenifer Bidoya a.k.a. Venancio Ladion was executed in Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which those convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery are executed in public with a sword.
There are number of Filipinos in the death row awaiting to be beheaded due to a mere anger that leads them to kill others.
Though there are stories that could not be pointed out as murder but we should be aware that an ordinary neglect of duty could lead you to death penalty. The story of a 19-year-old Sri Lankan girl is pleading for her life after a Saudi Arabian court sentenced her to death by beheading. The court found Rizana Nafeek, 19, a maid who according to the authorities has no child care training was found with a dead 4 month old baby under her care.
Another Juvenile charge offender Dhahian Rakan al-Sibai’i was sentenced to death in Taif last year for a murder he was accused of committing when he was just 15 years old.
But many of them in Death Row were sentenced because of murder.
In early month of 2008 an Indonesian housemaid has been beheaded by sword in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of killing her female employer. Yanti Sukardi was executed in the south-western province of Assir after she was found guilty of strangling her Saudi employer as she slept and stealing her jewelry.
It was the second execution announced in Saudi Arabia in 2008, after a year in which a record number of people were put to death. A total of 153 people were executed in 2007 in the kingdom, which applies a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.
A Canadian has been found guilty of murder in Saudi Arabia and sentenced to beheading. Mohamed Kohail, a 23-year-old Montrealer who has been living temporarily in Saudi Arabia, was convicted of killing an 18-year-old student in a schoolyard brawl in the city.
How many of them, fellow Filipinos are in Death Rows?
Our Government are doing their best to interfere the implementation of their death sentences. However this move could not be consider as assurance that the sentence will be commuted to life in prison or freedom. The only hope is the forgiveness from the victims family that count most.
According to Director General of Prisons Gen. Dr. Ali Al-Harthi in an interview with Arab News correspondent Mahmood Ahmad says; “I would like to increase awareness; that is to say, awareness among people not to let their anger lead them into killing others. It is not worth risking your life for one moment of blind fury. We must be patient and not allow the devil to drive us to murder.” *** BongA
- Annals of Heartlessness (36): Capital Punishment in Saudi Arabia (filipspagnoli.wordpress.com)
- Seven beheaded in Saudi Arabia (nzherald.co.nz)
- Saudi Arabia executes 7 men after appeals rejected (cnsnews.com)
- Saudi beheads Pakistani for drug offence (bigpondnews.com)
- Lack of swordsmen leads Saudi Arabia to consider dropping public beheadings as method of execution (news.nationalpost.com)
- Saudi Arabia to Give Public Beheadings the Axe? (frontpagemag.com)