January 5, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 01
Egypt: On Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 15 individuals were executed by hanging in two separate jails. The men were not identified, however, all have been convicted of attacks on security forces on the Sinai Peninsula.
On Tuesday, January 4, 2017, four men were executed by hanging. The unidentified men were convicted of killing three students during a 2014 bombing in Kafr al-Sheikh, along the Nile Delta. The bombing occurred after former President Morsi was ousted from power.
India: Farooq Ahmad Pinzoo has been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl in 2005. Farooq attempted to hide the girl’s body after he killed her. The crime occurred in the Mehjoor Nagar area. He was sentenced to death after the crime was determined to be the “rarest of the rare,” which qualified it for the death penalty.
Indonesia: In 2017, the nation executed 79 drug dealers and rehabilitated 1,523 addicts, according to the National Narcotics Agency (BNN). The BNN also boasted that they seized over 2.2 tons of narcotics, doubling the amount from the previous year. Additionally, the BNN noted that it did not meet its goal of 100,000 rehabilitations, due to the limited availability of beds at rehabilitations centers, however, the quality of the rehabilitation programs have improved, leading to a greater number of those completing the programs remaining drug free.
Iran: On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, four individuals were executed by hanging at Rajai Shahr Prison. Three of the prisoners were identified as Moslem Mohammadi, Mohsen Kamali, and Abolfazl, while the fourth prisoner’s identity was not revealed. Their crimes were also not reported.
On Sunday, December 31, 2017, 30-year-old Ali H. was executed by hanging at Mashhad Central Prison. Ali was convicted of murdering his father in Jimabad Valley in 2014.
On Thursday, January 4, 2018, 18-year-old Amirhossein Pourjafar was executed by hanging in Tehran Province. He was convicted of raping and murdering a 6-year-old girl in 2016, making a minor when the crime was committed. Under international law, it illegal to execute an individual for a crime they committed while a minor.
Maldives: Home Minister Azleen Ahmed has announced that a location to carry out executions has been established at Maafushi prison and that he hopes executions will resume shortly. There are currently three individuals on death row. Executions are carried out by hanging on lethal injection. President Abdulla Yameen supports resuming executions, despite international concern and protest.
United States of America: On Friday, December 29, 2017, Michael Pruitt was scheduled to be executed in Pennsylvania. His execution was stayed by the US District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. Michael is convicted of the rape and murder of 69-year-old Greta Gougler on September 28, 2002, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Read more about his case here.
On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Pennsylvania was scheduled to execute Scheldon Hannibal. His execution was stayed by the US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania. Sheldon is convicted of the rape and murder of 69-year-old Peter LaCourt on October 25, 1992, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read more about his case here.
On Friday, December 29, 2017, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe commuted the death sentence of William Jospeh Burns. Governor McAuliffe commuted William’s sentence as William was mentally incompetent and ineligible to be executed. William will now serve a life sentence, without the possibility of parole. William was convicted of raping and murder his 73-year-old mother-in-law in September of 1998.
Forty-year-old Shawnfatee M. Bridges has been resentenced in Pennsylvania to 23 to 80 years in prison. He was previously sentenced to death, however, he won a new penalty trial. Instead of going to trial, Bridges entered guilty pleas for the murder of 22-year-old Damon L. Banks and 19-year-old Gregory A. Banks on December 8, 1996. Bridges alleges that he was an accomplice in the crime, although he never intended to commit murder, just get back at the two men for allegedly robbing his home and holding his girlfriend at gunpoint. Bridges will be eligible for parole in a few years.
Robert O. Arrington has died while on death row in Georgia. Robert was 70 years of age. He was sentenced to death for the April 2001 murder of 46-year-old Kathy Hutchens, his ex-girlfriend. Hutchens had also previously bene connected of killing his wife, 53-year-old Elizabeth Arrington in 1986. He received a 15 year sentence for that murder. Robert was in a prison hospital undergoing treatment for cancer at the time of his death.