Bishop hails conviction of Joanna Demafelis’ employer in Syria

Bishop hails conviction of Joanna Demafelis’ employer in Syria

By CBCP News

September 10, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A church official has welcomed a Syrian court’s decision to convict the employer tagged in the murder of a Filipina household worker.

The Syrian District Criminal Court found guilty one of the accused in the killing of Joanna Demafelis, whose corpse was kept in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.

Demafelis’ body arrived in the Philippines in February 2018.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said the ruling showed the court’s “fair and impartial” decisions.

“Justice is served. Joanna will rest peacefully,” said Santos, who chair’s the church’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People.

The prelate said they are also grateful for the “valuable help” that the Department of Foreign Affairs has provided for the resolution of the case.

Bishop Santos said they will continue to offer prayers for those left behind by Demafelis despite the conclusion of the case.

“We continue to pray for the family of Joanna for continued strength and trust to God,” he said.

According to the DFA, the court has sentenced Mouana Ali Hassoun to a prison term of 8 to 15 years.

Murder charges filed against Hassoun’s co-accused, her Lebanese husband Nader Essam Assaf, remains pending in Lebanon. CBCPNEWS