Published: Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Kuwait Jails Pinay OFW for 10 Years for Joining ISIS & Plotting Attacks

A 32-year old Filipina has been found guilty of joining the IS jihadist group and plotting attacks in Kuwait.

Kuwait Pinay OFW

The Kuwait Pinay OFW was arrested in August. (PHOTO: Kuwait News Agency)

The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has been sentenced to jail for ten years after which she will be deported. The Pinay entered Kuwait as a domestic helper.

The Pinay, whose identity has not been revealed, was arrested in August. Kuwait’s security forces said they monitored the OFW’s email messages to the Libyan affiliate if ISIS to which she pledged allegiance. The Filipina allegedly confessed to interrogators that she was ready to carry out attacks in the name of ISIS.

“She confessed she was ready to carry out any terrorist attack once circumstances and means were ripe in order to undermine security and stability in Kuwait, as well as ignite sedition,” said the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) when she was arrested.

She also allegedly told investigators that her husband is an active ISIS fighter in Libya and he asked her to go to Kuwait as a domestic helper.

Though the 10-year jail sentence has already been handed down, it is not yet final, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Filipina will get legal assistance because of her Filipino citizenship.

Kuwait Pinay OFW

Investigator in Kuwait said she has confessed to plotting attacks in the country. (PHOTO: KUNA)

DFA spokesman Charles Jose told GMA News that they are still verifying her conviction but assured everyone that she will get legal assistance from the Philippine government.

“Our embassy is prepared to extend legal and consular assistance to the overseas Filipino worker and make sure that she gets due process and her rights are not violated,” said Jose.

Kuwait has imposed a crackdown on members, sympathizers and supported of the IS jihadist group. It has successfully prosecuted a  number of individuals linked to ISIS in the past. Kuwait is part of a 34-nation alliance announced by Riyadh in December aimed at countering Daesh and Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.