August 19, 2016
IDPN 2016 Issue 34
China: Huang Qingheng was executed in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Huang, who resided in Vietnam, was convicted of trafficking over 20 infants and children since 2010. Children, some just a few days old, were brought to China from Vietnam and sold. Twenty-three other individuals involved in the trafficking operation received various prison terms. Huang was executed by hanging.
India: President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected clemency petitions from Shabnam, Jasvir Singh, and Vikram Singh who are all on death row. Shabnam is convicted of murdering seven family members in 2008. Jasper and Vikram are convicted of murdering a 16-year-old boy in 2005.
Iran: On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, two prisoners were executed by hanging at Rajai Shahr Prison. The two men were identified as Fariborz Jalali and Gholamreza Arabderazi. Both were executed for murder.
On Thursday, August 11, 2016, two prisoners were executed by public hanging. One was executed in the western city of Ravansar for the murder of Salim Ghanbari, a former prosecutor. The other man, identified as Abbas Tahmasebi, was executed in the southern city of Kazeroon for buying and selling drugs, although he had previously been convicted of murder.
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, a prisoner, identified by an initial only, was executed by hanging in Mashhad. He was executed for murder. In Tabas Central Prison, a second execution was carried out. The condemned was not names. He was convicted on drug related charges.
Three prisoners - Ghais Obidawi, Ahmad Obidawi, and Sajjad Balawi - were executed on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. It is speculated, but not confirmed that the executions occurred in the city of Hamidiyeh. The three were executed for terrorist activities, the death of three police force personnel, creating fear and terror, and attacking pilgrims.
Also on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, two men, identified by ages and initials only, were executed by public hanging in Bandar Abbas. They were sentenced to death for rape, kidnapping, and theft.
Iraq: In the northern city of Kirkuk, members of the Islamic State have allegedly executed an unidentified individual. The unnamed person was convicted of being a homosexual and murdered by being thrown off a high roof. Spectators then threw stones at the body.
Kyrgyzstan: A draft law which would introduce the death penalty for pedophiles has been submitted for public discussion. Kyrgyzstan issued a moratorium on the death penalty in 1998, officially abolishing it November of 2007. Since then, over 10,000 citizens have asked that the death penalty be reinstated for the rape of minors, as the crime has been continually increasing over the past several years. Opponents have suggested life imprisonment terms from those convicted, with not legal way for the pedophile to be granted amnesty.
Somalia: An army officer, Aydarus Dahir, was executed by firing squad in Puntland State on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Aydarus was convicted by a military court of murdering fellow officer Abdiwali Farah Ismail in May.
Pakistan: On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Salman was executed by hanging in Attock Jail. Salman was convicted of killing Fazal, a jeweler, during a robbery in Rawalpindi in 2001.
United States of America: Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, has announced that she supports and plans to take action to reinstate the death penalty in the state. The death penalty was repealed in 2009 by then-Governor Bill Richardson. Governor Martinez’s remarks come in the aftermath of the recent shooting of Police Officer Jose Chavez in Hatch. Governor Martinez attempted to reinstate the death penalty when she first took office in 2011, however she was unsuccessful.
James Dzurenda, the director of the Nevada Department of Corrections has confirmed that one of the drugs necessary to carry out executions in the state has expired and the state is unable to obtain additional drugs. Nevada currently has no executions scheduled nor any inmates who have completed their appeals. A new execution chamber is currently being build at Ely State Prison, where the death row inmates are housed. The director is currently pursing alternate options to procuring execution drugs.
Matt Denn, Attorney General for Delaware, has announced that he will not appeal the decision by the Delaware Supreme Court ruling that Delaware’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. However, Denn still plans to pursue execution dates for the 13 men currently residing on death row in the state. Lawmakers in the state are working to draft new laws allowing for the death penalty.
Vietnam: Nine men have been sentenced to death, and two others sentenced to life in prison, for smuggling heroin into the nation from China. The leaders of the gang, 39-year-old Chu Dinh Tuyen and 33-year-odl Chu Van Vien, borthers, were among those to receive capital punishment. The names of the seven others to receive the death penalty were not reported. Twenty-five-year-old Nong Thi Chang and 38-year-old Chu Duc Son were the only two to receive life sentences. At least four other Vietnamese were involved in the smuggling operation and remain at large.
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, an appeals court in Ho Chi Minh City overturned the death sentence of 41-year-old Donna Buena Mazon, who was originally from the Philippines. Donna was sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine. Her sentence was reduced when it was discovered that she was carrying a much smaller amount of cocaine than initially reported.