Filipino driver of ‘death bus’ to be mentally reexamined

Filipino driver of ‘death bus’ to be mentally reexamined

A 70-year-old father and husband awaiting justice for 9 years

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By Adnan Al-Shabrawi
Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — A Filipino bus driver who killed a Saudi family of three and a Bangladeshi expatriate in November 2008 will be sent to Shihar Psychiatrist hospital in Taif to check his mental condition.

The Summary Court in Jeddah has decided to have a second psychiatric checkup before passing its sentence.

The Filipino, known as “Reno”, drove his bus in the opposite direction on Haramain Road in Jeddah. The speeding bus hit a number of cars, killing a Saudi family and a Bangladesh expat.

After deliberations, which continued for about a year, the court decided to send the accused to Shihar hospital to have a second psychiatric checkup.
The attorney general and the families of the deceased continued to demand capital punishment for the culprit.

They rejected the court’s decision to have a second checkup on the defendant, saying that previous medical reports said the driver was mentally sound.

However, the lawyers of the defendant, appointed by the Philippine Embassy, presented new medical reports which said the accused was suffering from a mental and psychological illness.

During the hearing of the case, which is continuing for nine years, the lawyer of the Saudi family died.

Mohammed Ayed Al-Qarni, 70-year-old, who lost his wife, son and daughter in the accident, said he was anxiously waiting for the death penalty for the driver.

He hoped that he would live until he saw the driver executed.

“I drive for about 600 km to attend court sessions. I have never lost hope for justice,” he said.

A former circuit court called for the execution of the driver for carelessly killing Saad Mohammed Ayed Al-Qarni, his sister Salmah and his mother Ayedah Awad Al-Omari in addition to Waheed Daud Miyah, a Bangladeshi national.

The circuit court also ruled that the driver pay the diayas (blood money) of SR250,000 to the families of the victims.

But the Court of Appeals rejected the verdict based on medical reports which said the driver was mentally ill. It sent the case back to the Summary Court.

7 COMMENTS

  1. In road accidents,how can it be considered a driver is killer?.
    it is a raod accident ,so the law of trafic shall be applied,am i right?

    • 1) loose one of your family member or friend in a road accident then your question will automatically be answered.

      2) Accidents are unforeseen events happening by chance or negligence

      3) There must be a distinction between accident, deliberate act of sabotage, unruly behavour and ofcourse act of terrorism, all of the later are not chance incident, but acts committed by the person with complete knowledge of the outcome and consequences.

      To reply your question, yes, law of traffic shall be applied to road accidents, but criminal law applies in this case

    • No, u are not right. He drove in opposite direction in s very dangerous road (highway), this is called a suicide attempt. Got it !

  2. Please just dont write the comment without understanding the subject. The action was deliberate. Am wondering why charges like Terrorism and sabotage were not applied when the driver knowingly driven in opposite direction killing innocent people with his shocking behavior. The depth of agony and the grief of near and dear of the victums is difficult to imagine and pray to Allah to reieve thier pain & grief and grant merci on them. Lastly but not the least provide them the justice by capital punishment to the Driver.

  3. Having read about the incident or rather accident, I would advise BR. al Qarni to forgive rather
    than insist on retaliation by execution. After all he is not going to get his family back.
    By forgiving the mentally sick man, he is bound to get the best of rewards from Allah and
    we hope and pray he will be re- united in Jennah with the wife and children he dearly loves.

    The combination of diya and forgiveness produces a powerful material and spiritual inducement to forgo retribution. When the victim has the right to choose, in many cases he chooses to forgive because God’s reward is more desirable then any earthly benefit, or the fleeting pleasure of seeing earthly punishment inflicted.

    Prophet Muhammad consistently chose forgiveness over retaliation. His behaviour is the best example of forgiveness and compassion. The crimes against him were often vile and demeaning yet he took God’s words literally and chose kindness over anger. He had the power and means to retaliate yet the harsher the crime against him the more lenient he became.

    Let us follow the example of the best of humankind our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu
    alaihi wa sallam.!!!

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