Four Filipinos acquitted for murder of Canadian in Kuwait

Published October 30th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Four Filipinos acquitted of the murder of a Canadian man in Kuwait are due to return to the Philippines in the course of next week after over a year in custody, the foreign office announced on Tuesday. 


Teddy Tomaro, Mary Jane Bitos, Noraisa Esick and Lourdes Viray were acquitted earlier this week of charges of killing Luc Eithier, a Canadian employed by United States defense contracting company Dyncorp who was shot and killed in a shopping place, south of Kuwait City back in October last year. 


A Kuwait court had found no evidence connecting them to the attack, which had raised growing concerns among the expatriate community in Kuwait of a revenge attack on a Westerner following the launch of US-led air strikes on Afghanistan on October 7 last year, according to AFP. 


Bitos, who was married to the Canadian, and Tomaro were the prime suspects while Esick and Viray were held as accomplices. 


Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Victoriano Lecaros said the Philippine government had spent around 150,000 dollars on the quartet's defense.  


He added that Manila had always been fully confident the four would be freed since there were no witnesses and the murder weapon had not been found. ( 

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