July 14, 2017
IDPN 2017 Issue 28
Chechnya: On January 25, 2017, 27 individuals were killed outside of the capital city, Grozny, all without having received a trial. Many believe that government, who has denied such an action, is responsible for the killings. Also alleged, is that the 27 individuals, whose names have now been reported, were all homosexuals, which is the reason for their deaths. There have also been allegations that the government unlawfully arrested, imprisoned and tortured over 100 gay men, sending them to newly established “concentration camps.”
India: The government has expanded its anti-hijacking law, which now permits the death penalty for an individual involved in an airplane hijacking in which a security personnel on board or ground support staff are killed. The new law has also retained that the death of hostages, including flight crew, passengers, and security personnel, is grounds for capital punishment. The definition of hijacking has also been expanded in the new law to include making threats or an attempt to commit the offense. Additionally, all involved in the hijacking, including planners and organizers, will be held to same culpability as those who perform the hijacking.
Iran: On Saturday, July 8, 2017, four prisoners were executed by hanging at the central prison in Urmia. All were executed on drug related charges. The four prisoners were identified as Khalil Mousavi Kousi, Mir-Jan Abdi, Kheiroldin Mashmoul, and Soufi Koloukzadeh Gangchin.
On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at least ten prisoners were executed by hanging at Taybad Prison in Razavi Khorasan province in northeastern Iran. All were convicted of drug related charges. Three of those executed were Afghan citizens. The names of those executed have not been reported.
Japan: Sixty-eight-year-old Osamu Yano, the former head of a group associated with the Sumiyoshikai crime syndicate and currently residing on death row, has been charged with a second murder. Osamu has been on death row since his convicted of a fatal shooting rampage in 2003. He has now been charged with the murder of 60-year-old Shizuo Tsugawa, a real estate worker. The murder took place in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in August of 1996, over a land dispute.
On Thursday, July 13, 2017, 61-year-old Masakatsu Nishikawa and 34-year-old Koichi Sumita were executed by hanging. Masakatsu was executed for the murder and robbery of four female managers of a hostess clubs in 1991. Koichi was convicted of raping, murdering, and then dismembering the body of 27-year-old Misa Kato. The two had formerly worked together.
Lebanon: Demonstrations demanding that the death penalty be reinstated followed the murder of 24-year-old Roy Hamoush on June 7, his birthday. Following his death family members of murder victims gathered in Martyrs’ Square in downtown Beirut, demanding justice for their murdered loved ones. The nation has had a moratorium on executions since 2004, with the last execution taking place in 1998. Although some senior officials support bringing back capital punishment not all do.
Pakistan: On Friday, July 7, 2017, Qaiser Shah was executed by hanging at Central Jail Gujranwala. He was executed for the murder of 7-year-old Hussain Haider, whom he abducted and raped prior to the murder. The murder occurred 11 years ago.
A prisoner on death row is challenging the nation’s execution method of death by hanging. Jan Bahadur, prisoner at the Haripur Central Prison, has taken his case to the Peshawar High Court and is seeking a less painful method of execution in accordance with modern science developments. He is also arguing that hanging is un-Islamic, unconstitutional, inhumane, cruel, and painful. Jan used the United States as an example. The United States used to carry out executions by hanging but switched first to the electric chair and then to their current method of lethal injection.
Saudi Arabia: On Monday, July 10, 2017, six individuals were executed, likely by beheading. The names of those executed have not been released. One was a Pakistani national who was executed for drug trafficking. The remaining five were Saudi nationals. They were executed for homicide.
On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, four Shiites were executed. The four men were convicted by a secret “terrorism court,” for attacks against police and for participating in violent protests. The names of the four individuals have not been released.
Singapore: Twenty-nine-year-old Prabagaran Srivijayan, a Malaysian national, has been executed at Changi Prison on Friday, July 14, 2017. He was convicted of trafficking drugs in 2012. His execution was carried out despite numerous appeals from various groups to stop his execution.