By Roy Mabasa
Swedish authorities have assured the Philippines that justice will be served in connection with the murder of Mailyn Conde Sinambong.
Swedish prosecutor Malin Kühn conveyed the assurance to Consul General Ma. Elena Algabre during their meeting in Stockholm on Wednesday.
In her report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Algabre said arrangements are also being made for the repatriation of Sinambong’s remains, which are at the Karolinska Hospital.
Algabre flew to Stockholm on Sunday to personally lead the coordination of the case on behalf of Mailyn’s family and facilitate the repatriation.
She added that the Embassy will also hire a lawyer to see how Sinambong’s mother in Cebu could secure custody of her 10-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.
Algabre said the son is currently staying with his paternal uncle while the daughter is with the foster family that has been taking care of her since birth.
Mailyn, a native of Cebu, died after she was severely beaten allegedly by her Swedish actor-director husband Steve Abou Bakr Aalam, 50, at their residence in Kista, northwest of Stockholm on Sept. 23.
The consulate said Aalam will be charged with murder.
On Tuesday, members of the Filipino community in Stockholm held a memorial mass Tuesday night in memory of the 28-year-old mother of two.
The mass was held at the Heliga Trefaldighets Catholic Church and was concelebrated by Fr. Ron Toledo and Fr. Gabe Baldostamon of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus.