A Filipino domestic worker has been exempted from a death sentence in Saudi Arabia and allowed to return to the Philippines.

In October 2013 the domestic worker was arrested after illegal drugs were found in her luggage when she arrived in Jeddah, the Manila Bulletin reported.

The domestic worker claimed she was carrying the luggage of a representative from her employment agency in the Philippines. But she was convicted and jailed for five years in Jeddah.

The prosecution office in Jeddah recommended that she be sentenced to death and fined 100,000 riyals (US$26,667), The Filipino Times reported.

However, the domestic worker was exempted from her death term, with help from the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, and repatriated to the Philippines.