- The 2nd suspect in the brutal murder of Joanna Demafelis is now under police custody in Syria
- DFA Sec. Cayetano confirmed the arrest of Mona Hassoun
- Hassoun’s husband, Nader Essam Assaf, admitted he put Demafelis inside a freezer
The second suspect in the brutal murder of Joanna Demafelis, the overseas Filipino worker whose remains were found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, has also been arrested following the arrest of her husband.
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced that Mona Hassoun, the Syrian wife of Lebanese Nader Essam Assaf, is now in the custody of Syrian authorities.
“We have just been informed by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait that Mona Hassoun, wife of Nader Essam Assaf, who are the principal suspects in the murder of our kababayan Joanna Demafelis, is now in custody of authorities in Damascus,” CNN Philippines quoted Cayetano as saying.
Assaf, who is under police custody in Lebanon, admitted that he was the one who placed Demafelis inside the freezer. He said the victim was still alive but unconscious when he placed her inside the freezer. He claimed to have panicked after Demafelis blacked out due to the physical beatings she suffered from Mona.
The suspects were arrested after the Kuwaiti government sought the assistance of Interpol in locating them.