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Joanna Demafelis: Employer of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Saturday - 24/02/2018 10:24
Police have arrested the employer of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait after a weeks-long manhunt
A distraught woman, held by those around her, grieves in front of a long wooden box carrying her sister's remainsImage copyrightEPA Image caption Ms Demafelis's sister cried over her casket upon its arrival in Manila last week
A distraught woman, held by those around her, grieves in front of a long wooden box carrying her sister's remainsImage copyrightEPA Image caption Ms Demafelis's sister cried over her casket upon its arrival in Manila last week

Joanna Demafelis, 29, was found frozen in her employers' apartment more than a year after she was reported missing.

Nader Essam Assaf was arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of murder, the Philippines department of foreign affairs said on Friday.

Ms Demafelis's death prompted outrage in the Philippines and a ban on Filipinos travelling to work in Kuwait. 

Mr Assaf, a Lebanese national, was arrested in his home country, the Philippines department of foreign affairs said in a statement.

His Syrian wife Mona, who is also a suspect, remains on the run, and is believed to be in Syria, it added.

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