June 6, 2014
IDPN 2014 Issue 23
China: In Xinjiang in northwestern China, nine people have been sentenced to death for terrorism. Three others received death sentences with a two year reprieve.
Egypt: In defense of a recent ruling in which an Egyptian court sentenced 37 Islamists to death and 492 other individuals to life sentences, the court claimed the men were "demons" who followed Jewish scripture. The court also stated "The accused came out of the depths of hell. . . to plunder Egypt's wealth, terrorize its people and they killed the deputy commissioner. "The court further described the men as "enemies of the nation. "During the past several months, mass trials in which hundreds of people are sentenced have occurred frequently.
India: Yakub Memon has been convicted of being the mastermind behind the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, which killed over 300 people. He was sentenced to death, however, the India Supreme Court on Monday, June 2, 2014, stayed his execution after reviewing his case. The Supreme Court sent his case back to the Constitution Bench. The last two executions in India occurred in 2008 and 2012.
Iran: On Sunday, June 1, 2014, Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was executed in Rajaishahr prison in Karaj, which is west of Tehran. Gholamreza was convicted of "Moharebeh," or waging war against God. Gholamreza was arrested in 2007, and sentenced to six years in prison. Three years later, he was tried again, on the same crime, and, this time, sentenced to death.
On Monday, June 2, 2014, a prisoner, identified by initials only, was executed by hanging in the prison of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran. The prisoner was convicted of murder and sentenced to qisas, retribution by kind.
Kuwait: A lance corporal in the General Traffic Department has been sentenced to death by hanging for kidnapping, raping, and attempting to kill a Filipino woman. The man claims he suffers from mental problems, although, following an evaluation from a mental hospital, his claims were deemed untrue.
Sudan:A Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim, was convicted of apostasy and adultery and sentenced to die for her crimes. Meriam, raised by her mother, married a Christian man, with whom she had one child and was pregnant with a second, when she was arrested. Since her father was Muslim, the court ruled that she had abandoned her Muslim faith, even though Meriam had been raised by her mother, a Christian. Further, the court refused to recognize her marriage, thereby convicting her of adultery. Her case has garnered international outrage. Some sources have reported that Sudan intends to release Meriam, however, Sudan denies these reports. Meriam's husband, Daniel Wani, denies knowledge of her imminent release.
Taiwan:Legislators have removed execution as a possible punishment for those convicted of kidnapping "to extort ransom" and from incidents in which "aggravated injury results from the offenses. "Those convicted of either crime, will now be sentenced to prison terms.
United States of America: Twenty-five-year-old former Marine Jorge Torrez has been convicted of killing 20-year-old Navy Petty Officer Amanda Jean Snell. Jorge has been sentenced to death for the 2009 murder, which occurred at the Arlington military base. Jorge was convicted last month and sentenced of Friday, May 30, 2014, in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia. Jorge plans to appeal his sentence.