OFW spared from death row after two Saudi millionaires paid P2.8 million blood money

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This OFW was fortunate to have generous employers who paid blood money to free him from the death row in Saudi Arabia.

An unidentified overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia was freed from the death row after his two local employers--who happened to be millionaires--paid blood money. The Filipino was convicted after killing an Indian national in a road mishap.

The OFW was driving a van in Al-Rass town in Central Saudi Arabia when he accidentally hit an Indian national pedestrian. The victim did not make it to the hospital as he was instantly killed upon impact. On the other hand, the specific date and time of the incident remain unknown.

Luckily for the OFW, he was working for the firm of the two Saudi millionaires who saved his life from death row. According to a report from Arab News, the two Saudi millionaires donated a staggering amount of SR225,000 or P2.83 million in accordance to the blood money demanded by the victim's family.

Right after the financial agreements have been settled, the local court has issued a letter to the prison ordering for the release of the Filipino. An online news channel reported that the local court also considered the case closed.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy has expressed its gratitude for the generosity of the two Saudi millionaires. However, in a message to Arab News, Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago stated that they could not confirm how the money was donated.

“The money could have been made directly to the prison as an act of charity.”
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This news raised mixed reactions from the international community since it's not a very uncommon issue for an OFW to face death row. What set this case apart is that the employers voluntarily donated blood money, whereas other OFWs are struggling to come up with donations.

One person from a forum criticized the court's ruling of paying blood money when it was clearly proven that the incident was unintentional.

"There must be a difference between intentional killing and a manslaughter. Whatever took place here was an accident. And Accident can happenn anywhere any time. There was no need for any bloody money to be paid for this Indian Man but he was to be given something as a compensation since he was not intentionally killed. Moreover, what is the use of Inurance that we all have if this is the situation when accident happens?"

An informative article from Slate.com explained how blood money works. When someone is convicted of a crime in any middle eastern country, he is given a chance to pay blood money or 'diyya' to free himself from the punishment such as death sentence, lashing or jail time. It is a traditional practice with religious roots from the teaching of the Qur'an.

"A believer should not kill another believer, unless it happens unintentionally; whoever does so unintentionally must pay diyya to the family."

Hence, whether the crime committed is intentional or accidental, the victim's family has the right to ask for blood money they deem reasonable for their loss. Blood money doesn't only apply in major offenses such as murder or killing but also in minor offenses such as thief or robbery.

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