A Filipino worker, who carries an identical name with an Interpol lookout, was held and deported back to his country.
Jason Vivar Aguilar, a 26-year old welder from Bulacan in Philippines, was mistaken as the suspect in a controversial road rage killing in Philippines. Qatar police thought he was Jason Aguilar Ivler, the wanted suspect in Manila, Inquirer, a leading daily in Philippines reported.
According to the daily, Ivler, an American citizen is accused of killing the son of an influential personality in Philippines, in November 2009. The Philippines government has offered a reward on Ivler’s arrest.
Ivler’s name is already on the Interpol Red Notice List since his warrant of arrest was released in the Philippines. The name “Jason Aguilar” appeared when the police conducted a record check on Aguilar. Apart from their names, their birth dates were also quite similar. In another coincidence, Aguilar left the country on the same day the road rage killing took place in Philippines.
On Aguilar’s arrival at Manila Airport, the daily reported, the innocent worker was still clueless on why he was detained and deported. At the airport, the Manila police made the initial verification. After several rounds of interrogation, the police came to the conclusion that Aguilar was not the man they were looking for.
Augilar’s family sought the help of authorities to clear his name after learning that the Filipino worker could no longer return to Qatar because he was already included in the black list of both the Doha Immigration and police. His lawyer also urged the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippines to immediately clear up this case of mistaken identity and make sure the innocent worker is accepted by his employer and government of Qatar.
When contacted, a senior official with the embassy of Philippines here said that they came to know about the incident yesterday. “The embassy will take all the possible steps to clear the worker’s name from the black list of Qatar and other GCC before helping the Qatari authorities to enable him a smooth revisit to Qatar, if he really wants to return to Doha,” the official told The Peninsula.
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