A Lebanese man and his Syrian wife were convicted in absentia. The body of Joanna Demafelis was dumped in a freezer in their abandoned apartment. It was discovered in February, more than a year after the murder. The death triggered a diplomatic crisis between Kuwait and the Philippines.
Outrage in the Philippines led to a ban on Filipinos travelling to work in Kuwait. After Interpol launched an international search, the couple were arrested in February in Syria. Nader Essam Assaf was handed over to the authorities in his native Lebanon, which is reportedly now considering a Kuwaiti extradition request. His Syrian wife, Mona, is being held in custody in Damascus.