2nd suspect in OFW murder held in Syria

2nd suspect in OFW murder held in Syria

MANILA, Philippines – The second suspect in the killing of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis has been arrested in Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Mona Hassoun, wife of Lebanese suspect Nader Essam Assaf, is currently in the custody of Syrian authorities in Damascus.

MANILA, Philippines — The second suspect in the killing of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis has been arrested in Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Mona Hassoun, wife of Lebanese suspect Nader Essam Assaf, is currently in the custody of Syrian authorities in Damascus.

Read: Primary suspect in Demafelis murder arrested

He made the announcement a day after he confirmed that Lebanese authorities already have custody of Assaf.

The two were the primary suspects in the killing of Demafelis, whose body was found inside a freezer in an abandoned house in Kuwait.

Citing an initial report from Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa, Cayetano said Hassoun was arrested with her husband in Syria where the two fled after leaving Kuwait last year.

The two were taken into custody after Kuwaiti authorities requested the assistance of Interpol in locating and arresting them.

Assaf was turned over by Syrian authorities to Lebanese officials following the couple’s arrest.

Hassoun, meanwhile, remained in custody in Damascus.

An earlier report said the Kuwaiti government would seek extradition of the couple to undergo prosecution.

Cayetano said the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) would follow President Duterte’s instructions to vigorously pursue justice for Demafelis.

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