A Filipino man who killed a Pakistani taxi driver after the driver tried to rape him was beheaded today in Saudi Arabia.

The man, the father of six children, claimed self defense, and indeed a Saudi court in 2003 merely sentenced him to jail for 15 years and to get 1000 lashes.

Cortez filed an appeal in the Riyadh Appellate Court. On Nov. 27, 2004, the court, on hearing his claim that he had killed the taxi driver in an act of self-defense, reduced his jail sentence to 10 years.

On May 11, 2005, the victim’s family rejected the offer of 100,000 Saudi riyals as blood money and insisted on the death sentence for Cortez by beheading.

Under Shariah law, as regards private right, the victim’s family has the option of pardoning the killer and accepting blood money, in which case the death sentence can be annulled.

so the man was executed for self defense, even though the court judged he did not even deserve a long term in jail, simply because the family insisted he be killed.

What’s wrong with this picture?

There are almost a million Philippine OFW (overseas foreign workers) in Saudi Arabia.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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