June 22, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 25
Bangladesh: Fifty-one-year-old Hossain Ahmed Manik and 26-year-old Parvez Alam Sumon have been sentenced to death for trafficking drugs, specifically heroin, in March 2014. They were sentence to death by Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Mujibur Rahman Bhuiyan.
Judge Juel Rana has sentenced four individuals to death for the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in January 2003. The four men, who are still at large, have been identified as Sumon, Alamin, Abul, and Shahadat. All four were residents of Narayanganj Sadar upazila.
Belarus: The Supreme Court has announced that it has suspended the death sentences of Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoy to allow time for their cases to be reviewed and their appeals considered. Such a move is unprecedented.
Indonesia: Aman Aburrahman, a cleric who supported the Islamic State, has been sentenced to death for planning the 2016 terror attack in Jakarta, which resulted in the death of four civilians. Aman is also considered the spiritual leader of a local extremist network. Aman, who has been in jail since 2010, planned his attacks from jail. Aman has denied planning the attacks.
Iran: On Monday, June 18, 2018, 51-year-old Mohammad Salas was executed. Mohammad was a member of the nation’s Sufi religious minority. He was arrested in connection with the protests in Tehran in February 2018. Allegedly, Mohammad was brutally tortured into confessing. The confessions was later used to sentence him to death. Numerous human rights organizations insisted that the execution be stopped and Mohammad released.
On Monday, June 18, 2018, following the execution of Mohammad Salas, five other prisoners were also executed by hanging at Rajai Shahr Prison. One of the five prisoners was identified as Mohammad Vafaiy. He was convicted of stealing a car with a child in the back seat. When Mohammad abandoned the car, the child was left inside and died due to the high temperature and lack of oxygen. The other for prisoners, who were charged with murder, were not named.
Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas has signed documents that, among other things, will abolish the death penalty in the country. New legal protocols will be established with in the next three months, when the abolition of the death penalty is scheduled to occur. Palestine last carried out an execution in 2005, however the Gaza Strip, which is considered Palestinian territory but is run by Hamas, has carried out executions in the past year. Hamas has stated that they will continue to support the death penalty for certain crimes, including murder, drug trafficking, and colluding with Israel.
Thailand: Twenty-six-year-old Theerasak Longji was executed by lethal injection on Monday, June 18, 2018. Longji was convicted in 2012 for murder during which he stabbed his victim 24 times. Longji then stole the victim’s phone and wallet. There are over 500 individuals on death row in Thailand, including 94 women. The last execution in Thailand occurred in 2009.
United States of America: On Thursday, June 21, 2018, Clifton Lamar Williams was scheduled to be executed in the state of Texas. His execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals over concerns about his mental competency. Clifton is convicted of murdering 93-year-old Cecilia Schneider, in her home in Tyler, Texas on July 9, 2005. Read more about Clifton and his case here.
Thirty-four-year-old Ricky Fackrell and 36-year-old Christopher Cramer have been sentenced to death for murdering Leo Johns in March 2014. All three men were in prison in Beaumont, Texas, and members of Soldiers of the Aryan Culture, a white supremacist prison gang. Ricky and Christopher, both from Utah, were in prison serving time for unrelated armed robberies. Leo was in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Chris Sununu, governor of New Hampshire has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the death penalty in the state. The veto was not a surprise, as Govnenor Sununu perviously indicated he would veto such a measure if it ever appeared on his desk. New Hampshire’s last execution occurred in 1939
Vietnam: Forty-one-year-old Ta And Tuan and 36-year-old Nguyen Hong Quan were sentenced to death by the Hanoi People’s Court for smuggling drugs. The men were convicted of transporting heroin and methamphetamine from Son La Province to Hanoi. Tuan has confessed to the crime, while Quan has insisted that he had no knowledge of the drugs and was simply Tuan’s driver.