April 14, 2017
IDPN 2017 Issue 15
Bangladesh: Mufti Hannan, leader of Harkat-ul-Jihad, was rejected in his request for presidential clemency. Mufti is sentenced to death for a grenade attack on a UK envoy in 2004, which killed three individuals and wounded the British High Commissioner. The attack was viewed as a terroristic action. He was executed, along with two of his associates, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Kashimpur Jail. The other two men executed were identified as Sharif Shahedul and Delwar Hossain Ripon.
Chechnya: Recent reports indicated that homosexual individuals are being rounded up and held at the former military headquarters in Argun. Allegedly, while imprisoned, the me are being interrogated, violently tortured, and even murdered. Some are describing the facility as a “concentration camp.” Some individuals are being held for ransom. The government does not recognize the existence of gay men in the republic.
Iran: On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Houshang Servati was executed by hanging in Esfahan prison. His crime was not reported. Allegedly, Houshang suffered a heart attack two days before his execution, when he was transferred to solitary confinement. While being transferred, inmates are reportedly beaten and verbally abused.
On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Maziar Geravand was executed by hanging at Khorramabad’s Parsilon Prison. He was convicted on drug related charges.
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 27-year-old Rahman Hosseinpour was executed by hanging at Tabriz Central Prison. Rahman was reportedly held in the “psychotherapy ward” of the prison and had a mental illness. He was convicted of murder.
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, 27-year-old Abbas Sahraei was executed by public hanging in Arak. Abbas was convicted on six counts of murder.
Pakistan: On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, two militants were executed by hanging at Sahiwal jail. Both militants were convicted by a military court of being involved in several terrorist activities. The two men were identified as Muhammad Shahid Omar and Fazl e Haq, both members of the terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia: On Sunday, April 9, 2017, three Pakistani nationals were executed for smuggling heroin. The men were identified as Mohammed Ashraf Shafi Mohammed, Mohammed Are Mohammed Anayt, and Mohammed Afdal Asghar Ali. With their executions, a total of 26 individuals have been executed in the kingdom so far this year. Most executions are carried out by beheading.
Somalia: Five alleged Islamic militants were executed in the nation’s Puntland region on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The men were convicting of killing three senior government officials - a military prosecutor, a director of Puntland’s presidential palace, and a deputy police commander - in 2016. The names of the five men executed were not reported. The men were members of al-Shabab, a terrorist group and executed by firing squad.
United States of America: Paul Storey was scheduled to be executed in Texas on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary. He is convicted of the murder of Jonas Cherry during a robbery in 2006. Paul’s execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to allow time to investigate claims that the prosecution presented false evidence at the trial. Read more about Paul’s case and his stay of execution here.
Robert Seman, a potential death row inmate in Ohio, has committed apparent suicide by throwing himself off a fourth floor balcony of a courthouse. Robert was 48 years of age. Robert was at Mahonign County Courthouse for a status hearing in his death penalty case. At the time, police were escorting Robert to a holding cell. He was in civilian clothes and not restrained due to rules regarding court appearances. Robert was facing the death penalty for allegedly murdering 10-year-old Corinne Gump, and her grandparents, William and Judith Schmidt on March 30, 2015. Prior to his jump, police reported that Robert seemed to be in good spirits.
Although he had been federally sentenced to death for hate crimes, Dylann Roof also faced trial for the nine individuals he murdered at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann agreed to plead guilty to all nine counts of murder in order to avoid another trial and more potential death sentences. Instead, Dylann has received nine consecutive life sentences in state prison.
Kay Ivey, governor of Alabama has signed a bill into law that requires juries, not judges, to have the final say on whether a defendant will be sentenced to death. Alabama was the last state in the nation that allowed judges to override the recommendation of a jury. Now, judges will no longer have that power. Instead, a the decision of a jury will be final.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not required to provide details to the public regarding how executions are carried out. Specifically, the state is not required to release the names of those who supply execution drugs. This ruling upheld a recent state law that classifies certain information relating to executions, such as the names of the drug suppliers, as state secrets, preventing the information from being released to the public.