PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 17/001/2009
26 June 2009
Further Information on UA 87/08 (MDE 17/001/2008, 04 April 2008) – Death penalty
KUWAIT May Membriri Vecina (f), aged 29, Filipina National
Filipina domestic worker May Membriri Vecina was pardoned on 1 June by the Amir of Kuwait. She should be
returned to the Philippines on 24 June. The Amir had commuted her death sentence to life imprisonment in
May Membriri Vecina, who has two children, had been sentenced to death in July 2007 for the murder of her
employer's youngest child. At her trial, her lawyer claimed that she had been "temporarily insane” at the time,
and May Membriri Vecina explained that her employer had physically and mentally abused her.
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