January 16, 2015
IDPN 2015 Issue 03
China:On Saturday, January 10, 2015, Yang Haijun was executed for kidnapping and killing a six-year-old girl on July 27, 2013. He also molested the body. Yang was a former deputy principal of Wang’an Township Central Primary School of Laiyuan County in northern China. Yang originally kidnapped the girl in order to demand ransom from her parents. After the girl cried and shouted, Yang suffocated her.
Indonesia: Bali 9 members, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, have had their final requests for clemency denied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. President Widodo has stated that he will not grant clemency to any prisoners convicted on drug charges, as part of his plan to reduce drug trafficking in the nation. With their clemency requests rejected, Myuran and Andrew are both on the execution list for the year. The two men were considered the ring leaders of the Bali 9 drug smuggling ring from Australia.
Iran: On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, five prisoners were executed by hanging. Mohammadreza S, Mohammad A., Davoud A., Javad M., and Mostafa F., were all separately convicted on drug related charges.
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, a man, identified by initials only, was executed by beheading for the kidnapping and rape of a woman in the Mazandaran Province.
Ireland:Harry Gleeson of Tipperary was convicted in 1941 for murder and was given the death penalty. He was executed a short time later. Now, 74 years later, evidence has come to light which shows that the prosecution withheld information and encouraged witnesses to give false statements. The Irish Innocence Project and Justice for Harry Gleeson are working together to have his name cleared. He will be the first person to be given a posthumous pardon from the State.
Saudi Arabia:On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Mohammad Shahbal, a Pakistani national, was executed by beheading for drug trafficking. A Saudi nation was also executed the same day for murder.
On Monday, January 12, 2015, Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim was executed by beheading for torturing to death her seven-year-old stepdaughter. Laila used a broom to torture her stepdaughter, resulting in her death. Laila continued to proclaim her innocence in the moments before her death.
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, two men were executed by beheading. Mahmoud Massih Iqbal Massih, a Pakistani national, was executed in Qatif for trafficking heroin. Ratan bin Eid bin Bikheet al-Baqmi was executed in the Mecca region of western Saudi Arabia, for killing a soldier, Sultan bin Ibrahim bin Ghrahid al-Jaid.
Syria: A woman who had been accused of adultery, was publicly executed by al-Qaeda linked militants in northwestern Syria. She was tied up and shot in the town square.
Pakistan: Two inmates who had been scheduled to be executed last week, have had their executions stopped. The Interior Minister stopped the execution of 23-year-old Shaft Hussain, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death when he was 15 years of age. Akramul Haq, alias Aka Lahori, was spared from execution after the complainant family decided to pardon him.
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, seven people were executed by hanging on terrorism-related charges. In Faisalabad, Mushtaq Ahmed and Nawazish Ali were executed for their involvement in a 2003 attack on former President Pervez Musharraf. In Sukkur, Shahid Hanif, Muhammad Talha, and Khalil Ahmad, were executed as members of a banned terrorist group. In Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, Zulfikar Ali was executed for killing two police officers in 2004. In Karachi, Behram Khan was executed for the 2003 killing of a lawyer inside of a court room.
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Mohammad Saeed, alias Maulvi, was executed by hanging for being a member of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He was executed at Karachi central priosn. A second prisoner, Zahid alias Zahidu, was hanged at Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore.
United States of America: On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Andrew Brannan, a former Vietnam veteran, became the first man executed in the United States of America. Andrew was executed in Georgia for the murder of 22-year-old Deputy Kyle Wayne Dinkheller on January 12, 1998. Andrew was 65 years of age. Read the full story here.
Mark Duane Edwards, Jr., was scheduled to be executed in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. His execution was stayed by President Judge John F. Wagner, Jr., of the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas. Read the full story here.
Rodney Reed was scheduled to be executed in Texas on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. His execution has been rescheduled to March 5, 2015. Rodney was convicted of raping and murdering 20-year-old Stacey Stites on April 23, 1996. Read the story here.
On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Johnny Shane Kormondy was executed in Florida. Johnny was 42 years of age. He was executed for the July 11, 1993, murder of Gary McAdams, while robbing Gary’s home in Pensacola, Florida. Read the full story here.
Also on Thursday, January 15, 2015, Oklahoma inmate Charles Warner was executed in McAlester, Oklahoma. Charles was 47 years of age and had been scheduled to be executed last year. His execution had been scheduled for last year, but was delayed due to changes to the execution protocol. Read Charle’s full story here.
Dennis C. Reed was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Pennsylvania. His execution was stayed by the Lawrence Country Court of Common Pleas. Dennis is convicted of murdering his girlfriend Wendy Miller on February 1, 2008. Read the full story here.
Richard Vasquez was scheduled to be executed on Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Texas. His execution has been rescheduled to for April 23, 2015. Richard is convicted of murdering his four-year-old stepdaughter Miranda Lopez on March 5, 1998. Read Richard’s whole story here.