Filipino worker executed as effort to raise 'blood money' falls short

Updated 30 December 2015
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Filipino worker executed as effort to raise 'blood money' falls short

RIYADH: A Filipino worker who was found guilty of murdering a Sudanese man six years ago was executed on Tuesday in the national capital, the Ministry of Interior said.
Joselito Lidasan Zapanta's execution was carried out after efforts led by the Philippine government to raise the $1 million "blood money" demanded by his victim's family fell short.
Zapanta, a 35-year-old tile-setter, was convicted of murder and robbery by a Riyadh court in 2010 for killing Sudanese national Saleh Imam Ibrahim with a hammer following a dispute in 2009, the Interior Ministry said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
In Manila, Charles Jose, spokesman of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said Ibrahim’s family refused to sign an affidavit of forgiveness that would have spared Zapanta the death penalty unless it was paid 48 million pesos ($1 million), setting a two-week deadline earlier this month for payment.
The family of Zapanta and the Philippine government managed to raise only 23 million pesos ($488,000)..
Jose said in a statement that the government “has undertaken and exhausted all diplomatic and legal efforts, and extended consular and legal assistance to preserve the life of Mr. Zapanta.”
He said the government has arranged and funded the jail visits of Zapanta’s relatives at the Malaz Central Prison and that the the DFA shall continue to extend assistance to Zapanta’s family.
Jose took the occasion to appeal to all Filipinos working overseas "to follow the local laws of their host countries at all times and to avoid involvement in criminal activities.”
The plight of Filipino workers overseas is a sensitive issue in the Philippines. About a tenth of the country’s 100 million people work abroad, including around 2.2 million in Saudi Arabia.
Jose said that 79 Filipinos are on death row in various countries, including 41 in Malaysia and 27 in Saudi Arabia. (Additional input from Agencies)

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.