Filipinos in Qatar convicted for spying, says the Philippines

The three were sentenced in April by a local court for threatening Qatar’s national security - one of them was sentenced to death.

MANILA // Three Filipinos were convicted of espionage in Qatar, with one sentenced to death and the others to life in prison, said the Philippines on Monday.

The trio were sentenced last month by a local court for selling information deemed threatening to Qatar’s national security, foreign department spokesman Charles Jose said.

“We are extending legal assistance to them as the case goes through an appeals court,” Mr Jose said.

“One of the three was meted death penalty, and the [other] two life [imprisonment].”

The identities of the three and the circumstances surrounding the case were not available due to the sensitivity of the case, Mr Jose said.

Phone calls to Qatar’s embassy in Manila went unanswered on Monday morning.

An estimated 10 million Filipinos, or about a tenth of the population, live and work abroad to escape poverty, including many thousands in the Middle East.

* Agence France-Presse

Published: May 26, 2014 04:00 AM

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