KUWAIT CITY - The Kuwait Criminal Court sentenced on Sunday a Kuwaiti couple identified as Abdulaziz Al Falekh and Rabagh Mustafa Sahata to death by hanging for the premeditated murder of their Filipino household service worker, Asria Samad Abdul, in July 2010.
Presiding Judge Abdulnasser Khuraibet also ordered the couple to pay KD5,000 or P765,000 as compensation to the victim's family in the Philippines.
Abdul, 34, a native of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao was tortured by the couple almost daily until she lost consciousness, according to police.
After torturing her, the couple brought her to the Kabd desert where the couple allegedly ran her over with their car to make it appear that she died of a vehicular accident.
Authorities found Abdul's crushed body near the stable in the Kabd Desert. Police arrested the couple, who later confessed to torturing Abdul and running her over with their car.
The Philippine embassy in Kuwait welcomed the Kuwaiti court's verdict.
The embassy, with the approval of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, has retained the services of a Kuwaiti lawyer, who took on the case of Abdul to ensure that justice is served.
A "Justice for Asria Samad Abdul" page was launched on the social networking site Facebook to drum up support for the speedy trial of the suspects.
A Dubai-based Filipino journalist, Ares Gutierrez, launched the campaign after he came across the story on a Kuwaiti news website.
"Finally, it’s over, justice is served. We've seen countless cases of migrant workers - mostly household service workers -- being maltreated, abused and subjected to inhumane conditions not only in Kuwait but elsewhere in the Middle East and in some parts like Hong Kong and Singapore," Gutierrez said.
"This has to stop somewhere, somehow," he told the ABS-CBN News upon learning the verdict.