October 3, 2014
IDPN 2014 Issue 40
Afghanistan: Five men who have been sentenced to death for the brutal rape and robbery of four women returning from a wedding this summer, have had their execution warrants signed by President Hamid Karzai.
China: Xu Hui was sentenced to death in 2001 for the rape and murder a 19-year-old girl. Xu repeatedly claimed he was innocent. In 2007, Xu’s confession was found to contradict evidence from the crime. In 2008, it was recommended that Xu’s case be reheard. On September 9, 2014, 13 years after the crime, Xu was found not guilty.
Gheni Hasan and Nurmemet Abidilimit, both non-juvenile teenagers, have been sentenced to death for the murder of Jume Tahir, the government-appointed imam of the country’s biggest mosque, a 600-year-old Id Kah mosque in Kashgar. Jume was killed on July 30 of this year. A third man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in the murder. Violence from Muslims has increased over the past few years in China. It is believed to be the result of extremist groups abroad.
India: Yakub Abdul Razak Memon has had his execution stayed. Yakub is sentenced to death for his part in a bomb attack in Mumbai in 1993. His execution has been stayed to review the court’s verdict.
Indonesia: Forty-eight-year-old German man, Hans Peter Naumann, was arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine. Hans admitted to being a courier. Hans could face the death penalty.
Japan: Justice Minister Midori Matsushima has announced that Japan does not plan on abolishing capital punishment anytime soon. Japan has executed 11 individuals so far this year.
Kenya: Forty-one-year-old Jackson Namunya Tali, a former nurse, has been sentenced to death for the murder of Christine Atieno and her unborn baby. Christine came to Jackson to ask for his help with an abortion. Although abortions are illegal in Kenya, Jackson agreed to help. The procedure caused the death of both Christine and her unborn child.
Somalia: On Friday, September 26, 2014, 33-year-old Safiyo Ahmad Jumale was buried up to her neck and publicly stoned to death in an Islamist Al-Shabaab controlled area of the country. She was convicted of marrying four husbands in secret and is alleged to have confessed to the crime.
Al-Shabaab has executed four men, 27-year-old Hassan Haji Awoow, 26-year-old Mahdi Hassan Isse, 18-year-old Iidle Mohamed Hassan, and 42-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Adan, all of whom have been accused of spying for the Federal Government of Somalia. They were publicly executed by firing squad.
Thailand: Twenty-two-year-old Wanchai Saengkhao, a former railroad worker, has been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train. A 19-year-old coworker has been sentenced to four years in jail for aiding in the rape.
United States of America: The execution of Billy Ray Irick, scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014, has been stayed by the Tennessee Supreme Court due to an ongoing appeal surrounding the state’s execution protocol, including the identities of the members of the execution team. On Monday, September 29, 2014, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that the state had to release the names of the execution team to the lawyers of the inmates. However, the lawyers are only permitted to share the names with experts; not the public and not their clients. In is unclear if the state will appeal this decision.
On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections released its new execution protocol. Included in the protocol is an increase is the sedative drug used, addition training required for the medical staff inserting the IV needle, and a dedicated person to watch the insertion point at all times during the execution. Additionally, if the execution reaches one hour in length, the director is required to contact the governor’s office to advise on the possibility of a stay.
Vietnam: Former general director of Finance Leasing Company No. 2, 59-year-old Vu Quoc Hao, has been sentenced to death for embezzling approximately $3.7 million. Fifty-six-year-old Pham Minh Tuan, former direct of Xuan Viet Co., Ltd., and ex-general director of the Vietnam Verification and Appraisal Joint Stock Company has also been sentenced to death for embezzling. Eight others also involved in embezzlement cases have received lesser sentences, from 15 years to life in prison.