Saudi prince offers $266,000 towards Filipino's blood money

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An anonymous Saudi prince has reportedly offered SR1m ($266,000) towards the blood money a Filipino worker must raise to avoid the death penalty for killing his landlord.

Philippines vice president Jejomar Binay said the money would help Joselito Zapanta, who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing his Sudanese landlord, Imam Ibrahim, during a dispute about rent in 2009, inquirer.net reported.

Ibrahim’s family is seeking SR4m in blood money, which under Saudi law can be paid to the family of a murder victim to avoid the death penalty.

The Philippine government also has raised nearly SR520,000, the website said.

“I hope that this amount, added to what the Philippine government has already raised, will be enough to spare Joselito’s life,” Binay was quoted as saying in a statement.

“There have been many people, especially among our own [countrymen], who have expressed their intention to help.

“While they choose to remain anonymous, their kindness has gone a long way in raising the amount needed to save Zapanta.”

Binay said negotiations to lower the amount of blood money were ongoing, while he was optimistic the Philippine government would convince the Saudi government to reverse the death penalty ruling.

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Posted by: atef

dear Mike, i know that it is only possible if he killed him by mistake. But murder can,t be compansated by money

Posted by: Mick

The cheers are admirable to the prince. Absolutely...kind offer that still, unfortunately, won't save the man ....but what type of humanity quantifies a human life by cash?? What kind of family demands to be "paid off" a certain amount of money (4m) and one riyal short and he dies?? What kind of morality does this Sudanese family hold? Much less, in my opinion, than the man that acted in passion and anger to his landlord. It's either death or forgiveness....you add financial gain to this and it perverts humanity. They are either forgiving people or they are not. I hope that once, if....they receive their full "restitution" for their loss, they are NOT seen in a dignified or moral way for their "bought" forgiveness.

Posted by: HDee

Well done, Yr Excellancy ..... ALLAH will surely Bless you and your family for the good deed.

Posted by: Sean

My faith in Humanity has been restored a bit again.

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