According to local Arabic daily, two Filipino expatriates have been sentenced to one year in jail by Doha criminal court for stealing electric cables.
The court has ordered subsequent deportation as well. The duo were arrested by the police while trying to steal the cables that belonged to a company in Doha.
The two planned to steal cables from storehouse of the company; they got arrested when they tried to flee in a pickup owned by their sponsor.
Emir of Qatar His Highness Shaikh [Hamad] Bin Khalifa Al Thani pardoned 15 jailed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at the start of Ramadan.
“Qatar hosts 172,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Of these, 23,000 are professionals; 86,000 highly skilled; 30,000 semi or low-skilled; and 30,000 household service workers, the labour department said.
Demand for OFWs rose from 85,510 in 2014 to 104,872 in 2015, an increase of 19,362, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
A total of more than 10 million OFWs are based worldwide. The number represents 10 per cent of the country’s population of 100 million.