Members of Joanna Demafelis’ family react as the wooden casket of her remains arrives in the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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The employer of a Filipino domestic worker found dead in a freezer in Kuwait is in custody in Lebanon, a security source in Beirut told The Daily Star Saturday. The news came after a statement from the Foreign Ministry of the Philippines late Friday evening said that the suspect – Lebanese national Nader Essam Assaf – was reportedly arrested for the torture and murder of Filipino domestic worker Joanna Demafelis.The security source said that Assaf was from the Baalbeck town of Boudai but that Lebanese authorities were yet to confirm the Kuwaiti extradition request.Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration reported at least 196 Filipinos had died in Kuwait in the last two years, mostly for unspecified medical reasons but also four from suicide.Nearly 11,000 of the more than 252,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait are there illegally or are not properly authorized.
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