January 19, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 03
Iran: On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Hossein Eskandarzadeh was publicly executed by hanging in Salmas in West Azerbaijan Province. The prisoner, who allegedly suffered from mental illness, was convicted of murder seven members of his wife’s family on May 17, 2017. This was the first public execution carried out this year.
On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Abolfazl Chezahi Starahi was scheduled to be executed at Qom Central Prison. His execution has been delayed for unknown reasons. Human rights groups opposed his execution as he was allegedly a minor when he committed the crime for which he was sentenced to death. He was convicted of murder during a street fight.
Malaysia: On Monday, January 15, 2018, a court upheld the death sentences of nine Philippine nationals. They were convicted for their part in a 2013 incursion by Philippine fighters on the Malaysian part of Borneo island. Fighting lasted for month, after which, the Malaysians were able to subdue to the Philippine militants.
Morocco: Hicham Mouchtari has been sentenced to death for the murder of Abdellatif Merda, a politician. Hicham was convicted of premeditated murder. Merda’s widow, Ouafae Bensamadi was given a life sentence for her part in the crime. Hicham and Ouafae were having an affair and plotted to murder Abdellatif. Two others were also sentenced to prison terms for their part in the murder. The last execution in the nation occurred in 1993.
Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni has not ordered an execution since 1999, 19 years ago, however, he is considering doing so once again. President Museveni believes that criminal are taking advantage of his “leniency.” According to the Uganda Prison Service, there are 278 inmates currently on death row. President Museveni believes that resuming executions will deter crime, but also that some of those on death row have committed crime so heinous that “they deserve to be killed."
United States of America: On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Anthony Allen Shore was executed by the state of Texas. Anthony was pronounced dead at 6:28 pm CST, inside the execution chamber at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was convicted of the murder of 9-year-old Diana Rebollar, 15-year-old Laurie Lee Tremblay, 16-year-old Dana Sanchez, and 21-year-old Maria Del Carmen Estrada, over a period of time from 1986 to 1995, in Harris County, Texas. Read more about Anthony and his case here.
The Uzbekistan national who drove a truck onto a bike path in Manhattan, New York has agreed to plead guilty and receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in order to avoid prosecutors seeking the death penalty against him. On October 31, 2017, the man drove a truck down a bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan killing eight individuals and injuring 11 others.
A bill has been proposed in South Carolina that would shield the identities of companies that sell execution drugs. The bill would make suppliers part of the execution team, who identities are not released to the public, as it is against state laws. Dozens of states have similar laws. Due to backlash, drug companies are often unwilling to sell execution drugs to states where their identities can be made known. South Carolina last carried out an execution in 2011, and they have been out of executions drugs since 2013.