Joanna Demafelis family seeks death sentence for OFW's killers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2019 11:24 PM

The house of slain Joanna Demafelis, whose remains were found in a freezer in Kuwait in 2016. Her death led to a ban on the deployment of Filipinos to the Gulf state. Handout

ILOILO—The family of a slain Filipina worker, whose remains were found in a freezer in Kuwait, called on authorities to sentence her killers to death.

Joanna Demafelis' parents, Crisanto and Eva, said they were pleased to learn that Mouna Ali Hassoun was convicted of murder but hoped she would receive capital punishment.

"Sana bitayin din. Kung ano ginawa nila kay Joanna, 'yan din ang gawin sa kanila,” Crisanto told ABS-CBN News.

Joejet, the victim's brother, wants hanging for Hassoun and her husband, Nader Essam, who is also facing murder charges in his home country, Lebanon.

"Hanging by death na sinasabi nila, dapat mangyari sa mag-asawa. Sana matupad at maipakita sa amin ng tama kung ano ang ginawa nila sa kapatid ko," said Joejet.

Hassoun has been in custody in Syria since early 2018.

Joanna left Iloilo for Kuwait is 2014 to work as a domestic helper. She went missing in 2016 and the discovery of her remains led to a ban on the deployment of Filipinos to the Gulf state.

— With a report from Cherry Palma, ABS-CBN News