The Kuwaiti government might pay ‘blood money’ on behalf of Sri Lankan housemaid Jayawathi Ilangasinghe (50) who was murdered recently in Kuwait or the maximum punishment will be imposed on those convicted, Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala speculated yesterday.
The woman--a mother of two was found dead with stab injuries at the house in which she was employed in. According to Kuwait media reports, her employer’s son had allegedly murdered her and fled the area.
However, the Kuwait police had arrested two sons of the employer including the son who had escaped in connection with the murder.
Speaking at a media briefing held yesterday at the Foreign Employment Bureau, Minister Athukorala said she had been informed that the two sons of the employer had pleaded guilty for the murder.
She said if the victim’s family members are willing to get ‘blood money’ as compensation by initiating the pardon process for the convicted, it can be done. Otherwise, once the court proceedings are completed, a maximum punishment to the convicted will be imposed.
The Kuwaiti judicial system is based on the Egyptian model, being a mixture of Islamic Sharia law.
Kuwaiti law also follows the practice of reducing sentences for murder offences in return for blood money compensation paid to a murder victim’s family, and this is an important part of the clemency process. (Piyumi Fonseka)
I agreed with Ajja, this is only the victims’ family decision. My personal suggestion is better go for maximum compensation, certainly Allah will punish him sooner or later.
Man Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:43 PM
Will the same law applies if the convicted murder was a NON-MUSLIM?
Abdul Tuesday, 24 November 2015 03:53 PM
what kind of law is this ? you should at least give life in prison punishment to the murderer. what is the point if someone can do a murder get rid of the punishment paying money ?
Sebastian Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:52 PM
I believe it is up to the victims family. They could either request blood money or the maximum punishment. So it will be their choice.
Ajja Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:15 PM
She is dead and gone and you cannot get back her life so demand a wholesome(not peanuts) and let the immediate kith and kin of the effected party benefit....i mean that is why she went there risking her life.I hope the Foreign Employment Minister do the needful.
Rhonda Taylor Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:10 PM
Why not get these two murders stoned to death in their own country???
lkboy Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:23 PM
Murder someone and pay money for it? what kind of world this is?
TONY Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:28 PM
STONING TO DEATH IS NOT FOR MURDER CONVICTS
lionking Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:31 PM
how about asking for 10 billion dollars or more as blood money?, come on ask for it.. you will get it..
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