Tuesday , September 18 2018

Interpol seeks suspect couple in murder

(left) Lebanese man Nader Issam Assaf and his Syrian wife Mona Hassoun (right) Joanna Daniela Demafelis

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19, (Agencies): The Lebanese Interpol upon a request from its Kuwaiti counterpart is looking for the alleged murderers of Filipino domestic worker Joanna Daniela Demafelis, reports Al-Anba daily.

The Lebanese man Nader Issam Assaf and his Syrian wife Mona Hassoun are accused of murdering the Filipina and dumping her body in a freezer. However, the Al-Rai daily quoting the mother of the Lebanese man Nader Issam Assaf said her son is innocent and blamed his wife for what has happened.

The mother said she was on a visit to Kuwait and saw the wife grabbing the victim by the hair and hitting her head on the wall.

The mother added, she then told her daughter-in-law to return her to the recruitment office if she was not satisfied with her work and the latter ignored. The mother added, she could not stick to the behavior of the wife and decided to leave Kuwait before the expiry of her visit visa. She went on to say she saw her son 10 months ago in a police station in Syria.

He was in a very bad health condition and he told her he had a bypass surgery. She also said two months ago she called her son and he told her his wife had given birth to a baby.

Philippine officials in Kuwait said they had been coordinating with their Kuwaiti counterparts to launch “rescue missions to save distressed OFWs from abusive employers and harsh working conditions.” They had also been conducting information campaigns to warn Filipinos from being victimized by illegal recruiters, the DFA said.

The DFA said each of the repatriated OFWs would receive P5,000 in financial aid from the government “to help them resettle in the country while they search for other employment opportunities.” “Many of the repatriated OFWs expressed their desire to work in other countries outside of the Middle East,” it said.

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