Philippines sues Kuwait employer for pet lion attack
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - December 20, 2014 - 11:10am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines filed a case against the employer of a Filipino overseas worker killed by a pet lion, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Lawyer Raul Dado, Consul General of the Philippine Embassy, filed a complaint for criminal negligence resulting in homicide against Lourdes Abejuela's employer in Kuwait, Binay said Friday.

Abejuela died days after being attacked earlier this month by a lion owned by her employer of 15 years.

She was reportedly doing laundry on the rooftop where the lion is kept. The cage was left unlocked and the lion attacked her.

READ: Pinay dies after being attacked by employer’s pet lion

Abejuela's friend said the employer asked her not to tell the hospital and authorities what happened to her.

"So when she was in the hospital, she was released immediately," Nieva Edullantes said in a previous report.

Under Kuwaiti law, residents are not allowed to own lions and other wild animals as pets.

ABEJUELA BINAY CONSUL GENERAL OF THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY EMPLOYER LAWYER RAUL DADO LION LOURDES ABEJUELA NIEVA EDULLANTES PINAY UNDER KUWAITI VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR BINAY
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