A Filipina who was in death row for several years and was detained for more than a decade in Kuwait is coming home today, the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait says. “We are very happy that she will go home and be reunited with her family. We wish she could start anew,” says Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa.
In 2005, Marilou Ranario was arrested and eventually sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti Court for the murder of her employer.
Following her arrest, the Department of Foreign Affairs crafted a legal strategy to ensure the protection of her rights throughout the legal process. Her death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2007, and eventually to 10 years imprisonment in 2009.
The Embassy in Kuwait says continuous regularly visits to Filipino detainees at the Kuwait Central Prison are being conducted. The Embassy also provides legal assistance to secure their pardon or commutation of sentence and eventual release from prison.