July 15, 2016
IDPN 2016 Issue 29
Barbados: Jamar Bynoe has been sentenced to death by hanging after being found guilty of six counts of murder. Jamar is convicted of murdering Shanna Griffith, Kelly Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellshaw Ollivierre, Nikita Belgrave, and Tiffany Harding on September 3, 2010, by setting fire to a boutique store.
Iran: On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, nine prisoners were executed by hanging in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Three of the nine prisoners were identified as Seyyed Mohammad Taheri, Amir Khadem Rezaiyan, and Saeid Ahmadi. The crimes of those executed were not reported.
Iraq: The Islamic State has murder six of their own fighters and five Sunni tribesmen, all allegedly for spying for enemies of the Islamic State. Since the terrorist group has started losing ground, they have become increasingly paranoid. The six fighters were publicly executed by beheading, while it was not reported how the five Sunni tribesmen were executed.
Somalia: Terrorist group Al Shabaab, who is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, have publicly executed two men - 22-year-old Abdirahman Dhuhl Abdulle and 25-year-old Abdi Muse Hayle - by firing squad. The men were executed for killing two unarmed civilians.
Tanzania: The nation’s government has been ordered by the African Court of Human and People’s Rights to halt executions. Two men are currently facing execution after each being convicted of separate murders.
Philippines: Senators are considering lowering the age limit for criminal liability to the age of nine. Senators who support the bill note that children younger and younger are becoming involved in criminal activities. Those opposed to the bill point to the likelihood of the death penalty being reinstated in the nation, which could result in a nine-year-old child being sentenced to death. The current age of criminal liability is 15 years of age.
Since Rodrigo Duterte was elected president three months ago, police have killed 192 drug suspects. A total of 43,578 individuals have been “neutralized,” of which 192 were reportedly killed. It is unclear if all those arrested have been proven to be involved in criminal activities, drug related or otherwise.
United States of America: On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Perry Williams was scheduled to be executed in Texas. His execution was stayed to allow time for Texas to test the execution drugs, as required by the courts. Read more about the case here.
During the early morning hours of Friday, July 15, 2016, John Wayne Conner was executed by the state of Georgia. John was pronounced dead at 12:29 am, EDT. He was the sixth person executed by Georgia this year. John was executed for the murder of J.T. White on January 10, 1982, in Milan, Georgia. Read more about John and his case here.
The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge that could have prevented a ballot question this November over whether the state should retain capital punishment. Lawyers opposed to capital punishment - who seek to have the question removed, allowing the legislature’s decision to abolish capital punishment stand - claim that the drive to collect signatures to get the question on the ballot was invalid because it did not disclose that Governor Pete Ricketts - who supports capitol punishment - donated financially to the drive.
Richard Jordan and Gerald Loden, both death row inmates in Mississippi, have filed appeals with the Mississippi Supreme Court arguing that the state’s lethal injection procedures are in violation of state law. State law calls for an “ultra short-acting barbiturate,” followed by a paralyzing agent and a drug to stop the inmates heart. Mississippi wants to use midazolam. Lawyers for Richard and Gerald are arguing that midazolam is neither a barbiturate, nor ultra short-acting and leaves the inmate at risk for pain and suffering during the execution. Midazolam has recently been upheld as a lawful drug to be used in executions by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Governor Asa Hutchinson hopes to resume executions in his state of Arkansas before January of 2017, when one of the three drugs used one lethal injection will expire. The Arkansas Department of Corrections has recently announced that they have replenished their supplies of execution drugs which expired last month. According to Governor Hutchinson, the state was able to acquire drugs due in large part to a recently passed law that protects the identity of those suppling the drugs.