Pinoy in Saudi Must Raise Blood Money or Die

A Filipino worker condemned to death in Saudi Arabia for murder has won a four-month reprieve to raise four million riyals ($1.1 million) and avoid execution by beheading, reports Herald Sun in Australia. Saudi authorities approved the stay after formal appeals by President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay to stop the November 14 judicial execution of the condemned construction worker Joselito Zapanta.
The Philippine government is now trying to help the family raise the "blood money" that must be paid to the Sudanese victim's relatives so the death sentence can be commuted.