Philippines sues Kuwaiti employer after pet lion kills maid

Consul General of the Philippine Embassy files criminal negligence case against maid's employer of 15 years - report
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By Staff writer
Sun 21 Dec 2014 01:54 PM

The Philippines has filed a case against the employer of a Filipino overseas worker killed by a pet lion, it has been reported.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said in comments published by local media that lawyer Raul Dado, Consul General of the Philippine Embassy, has filed a complaint for criminal negligence resulting in homicide against Lourdes Abejuela's employer in Kuwait.

The maid died days after being attacked earlier this month by a lion owned by her employer of 15 years.

She was reportedly doing laundry on the rooftop where the lion is kept. The cage was left unlocked and the lion attacked her.

Last week, Kuwait authorities launched an investigation into the death.

Minister of Health Dr Ali Al Obaidi, who ordered the investigation, said legal procedures would be taken to deal with those accountable for the woman’s death.

There are an estimated 180,000 Filipinos in Kuwait and more than half of them are employed as domestic helpers.

The death came weeks after UAE emirate Sharjah moved to clamp down on residents having exotic animals as pets, with a new order banning the possession of dangerous predators.

Earlier this year, Dubai Police reportedly investigated a video that showed a lion in the boot of a four-wheel drive vehicle travelling along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The nine-second clip on YouTube appeared to show a lioness in the Dubai-registered Nissan Armada.

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