July 21, 2017
IDPN 2017 Issue 29
Iran: On Thursday, July 13, 2017, Sharif Reigi was reportedly executed by hanging at Zahedan Central Prison in Sistan & Baulchestan province in eastern Iran. He was executed for murder.
On Friday, July 14, 2017, Mashallah Siyadnavin, Mohammad Reza Sadeghi, Parviz Tamaripour, Faramarz Asghaarzadeh, and Ramin Honareh, were executed by hanging. Parviz, Faramarz, and Ramin were convicted on drug related charges. The crimes of the remaining two inmates were not reported.
On Saturday, July 15, 2017, 50-year-old Sheikh Mohammad Baluchzehi, 21-year-old Kabir Dehghanzehi, and Dadmohammad Dehghanzehi, were all reportedly executed by hanging at Zahedan Central Prison. All were executed on drug related charges. Kabir and Dadmohammad were reported as being Pakistani nationals who were arrested eight years ago, making Kabir a minor at the time of his sentencing. It is a violation of international human rights’ laws to execute anyone who was a minor at the time of their arrest.
On Sunday, July 16, 2017, 46-year-old Yousef Bozorgzadeh and Ebrahim Damani were reportedly executed buying hanging at Zahedan Central Prison. Both were convicted of murder. On the same day, Abdoljalil Shahli was executed by having at Iranshahr Prison in southern Iran. He was convicted on drug related charges.
On Monday, July 17, 2017, four prisoners were executed by hanging at Isfahan Central Prison. Two of the prisoners, Saeed Diyagar and Morteza Barghi, were convicted on drug related charges. The other two unnamed prisoners were executed for Moharebeh (enmity against God) through armed robbery.
Lawmakers in the nation have approved a bill that places restrictions on those who can be executed for drug related crimes. In order to be sentenced to death, the inmate must now be convicted of carrying over 100 kilograms of narcotics or two kilograms of psychedelics. Previously, the inmate only had to be convicted of carrying five kilograms of narcotics. The bill must now be approved by the Guardian Council.
Kenya: Three men have been sentenced to death for stripping women and then abusing them. There has recently been an increase in mob attacks on women, with claims that they are inappropriately dressed. Kenya has not carried out an execution since 1987.
Saudi Arabia: On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Ahmed bin Musa and Abdel Rahman Saad al-Ahmary were executed in Abha in the southwestern part of the kingdom. The two men were likely executed by beheading. Both were convicted of separate murders.
Turkey: Despite criticism and opposition from the European Union, Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has once again stated that he will support bringing back the death penalty if passed by parliament. In a speech, he also criticized the European Union for “messing about” for decades with the nation’s bid to join. He also said that Turkey must now follow its own path. One year ago, there was a failed, attempted coup to overthrow President Erdogan and his government. Following that coup, thousands were arrested and talks to reinstate the death penalty in the nation began.
United States of America: On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Mark Pickens was scheduled to be executed in Ohio. His execution has been stayed. Mark’s execution was stayed to allow time for him to complete his appeals. Mark is convicted of the murders of 19-year-old Noelle Washington, 3-year-old Sha’railyn Wright, and Noelle’s 9-month-old son Anthony Jones III, on June 1, 2009, in Pendleton, Ohio. Click here for more information on Mark and his case.
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Kosoul Chanthakoummane was scheduled to be executed in Texas. His execution was stayed. Kosoul is convicted of the murder of 40-year-old Sarah Ann Walker on July 8, 2006, in Mckinney, Texas. His execution was stayed to allow time to investigate claims that discredited forensic science was used during his trial. Read more about Kosoul and his case here.
The Florida Supreme Court has ordered that Ralph Wright Jr., be acquitted of the murder charges against him and released. In 2014, Ralph was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and their 15-month-old son. There was no DNA or physical evidence that linked Ralph to the crime and no indication that he was in the area at the time of the murders. A jury convicted him and sentenced him to death by a vote of 7-5. In its decision, the Florida Supreme Court noted that the only evidence against Ralph was “the fact that he had motive and opportunity” which is not “sufficient to sustain the convictions.” Ralph is the 27th individuals to be exonerated from Florida’s death row.