The Syrian court has convicted one of the accused of the Joana Demafelis case, according to the Foreign Affairs office on Monday, Sept 9.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Syrian national Mouna Ali Hassoun, one of the main suspects in the passing of 29-year-old Demafelis, was convicted of the crime. It can be recalled that Demafelis was placed inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.
Meanwhile, the husband of Hassoun who is also a suspect, Nader Essam Assaf, is also currently facing charges in Lebanon, his home country.
In a statement released by the DFA through their social media account, they vowed to provide legal assistance to the family of Demafelis “until justice is served”.
The DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs reports that the Syrian District Criminal Court found Mouna Ali Hassoun, accused in the Joana Demafelis case, guilty of murder. DFA will continue to provide legal assistance to the family until justice is served.
— DFA Philippines (@DFAPHL) September 9, 2019
The penalty of the Syrian national remains unclear and if the conviction was final and executory. The DFA is yet to respond to such queries. However, in a recent tweet, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. hinted that the Syrian national will be facing the maximum penalty.
“There you go. But didn’t buy the defense. ‘That wasn’t Costco” That was out domestic helper? Fancy that. We were wondering why hadn’t shopped for some time; for that matter, we hadn’t seen her in a while. When we looked in the freezer it was full’ D*ath penalty,” says Locsin.
Yup, they’re gonna get it. https://t.co/ig8lxDL1Xl
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) September 9, 2019
Initially, Kuwaiti court sentence the couple into expiration by hanging. They were arrested in a separate location and Hassoun was detained in Syria while Nader was detained in Lebanon.
According to the police investigation, the body of Demafelis could have been left inside the freezer for over a year or since the couple left Kuwait.