July 6, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 27
India: The death penalty is gaining favor in the nation, with more and more calling for it to be applied to cases where it is deemed appropriate, including those within the government. The general public has also called for capital punishment for rapists in recent years, as rapes and sexual assaults continue to escalate.
Iran: On Saturday, June 30, 2018, Ali Arezumand was executed by hanging at Rasht Central Prison in northern Iran. He was convicted of murdering his wife with a sickle in 2014. Hossein Esmailpour was also scheduled to be executed, however he has received a 30-day reprieve in order to allow the victim’s family more time to consider if they wish the execution to be carried out or if they want to grant forgiveness. Hossein is convicted of murdering Fakhri Langaroudi, a prominent clergyman, in September 2014.
Also on Saturday, June 30, 2018, Ahmad Zumakzehi was executed by hangin at Saravan Prison. Ahmad was convicted of murder.
On Sunday, July 1, 2018, 26-year-old Ebrahim Jahantigh was executed by hanging at Zahedan Central Prison. He was convicted of murder.
On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 52-year-old Mohammad Aali was executed by hanging at Tabriz Central Prison. He was convicted of murder.
On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, two prisoners were executed by hanging in Urmia Central Prison. A third prisoner was also scheduled to be executed, but his execution was halted by the victim’s family at the last minute. All were convicted of murder.
Japan: On Friday, July 6, 2018, 63-year-old Shoko Asahara a/k/a Chizuo Matsumoto, the founder of the cult Aum Shinrikyo, was executed by hanging, along with six other senior members of the cult; 48-year-old Yoshihiro Inoue, 54-year-old Tomomitsu Niimi, 55-year-old Tomomasa Nakagawa, 68-year-old Kiyohide Hayakawa, 53-year-old Masami Tsuchiya, and 58-year-old Seiichi Endo. The cult was responsible for numerous murders including a 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway, which killed 29 individuals.
Oman: An unnamed woman has been sentenced to death for murdering her husband. Her lover was also sentenced to death for helping her. They were convicted of premeditated murder, which was carried out in 2016. After the murder, the two hid the body, cleaned the crime scene, filed a missing person complaint, and participated in a search for the deceased. The woman eventually confessed to the crime, after her husband’s body was found and it was determined that he had been murdered. The death penalty is rarely used, but it is given to drug dealers and those who plan murders in advance.
Pakistan: The army chief has confirmed that last week, 12 militants were executed. The 12, condemned as “hardcore terrorists,” were convicted of murdering 34 individuals during multiple attacks.
Turkey: Since the 2016, failed, attempted coup, President Erdogan has supported the return of capital punishment, which was abolished in 2004, in the nation’s attempt to join the European Union. Now calls for the death penalty are coming again, after a four-year-old girl went missing and was recently found dead. Some believe that rapists and child abusers should be executed. President Erdogan has promised to sign a bill for capital punishment into law, if the Parliament were to pass such a bill.
Saudi Arabia: Abu Duraimi Oyida Ajibula, a Nigerian national, was executed on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Madinah. Executions are typically carried out by beheading. Abu was convicted of smuggling cocaine in his intestines.
United States of America: Clinton Thinn, an inmate in California, has been convicted of murdering another inmate, and could be sentenced to death. Clinton was serving time for an attempted bank robbery when the murder occurred. Clinton is the step-brother of New Zealand’s MP. New Zealand is opposed the death penalty and the acting Prime Minister has promised to personally contact the Governor of California if Clinton is sentenced to death.
Prosecutors in Florida are seeking the death penalty for Lois Riess, who has been charged with first-degree murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and grand theft and criminal use of personal identification information of a deceased individual. Lois, who pled not guilty, is accused of murdering Pamela Hutchinson in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. She is thought to have previously murdered her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota in March 2018, before fleeing to Florida, where she met and befriended Pamela. Lois was arrested in South Padre Island, Texas on April 19.
Forty-seven-year-old Scott Dozier is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Nevada. It will be Nevada’s first execution since 2007. The state will use two drugs never used before in executions. One of the drugs has been blamed for overdoses through the nation. A total of three drugs will be used; midazolam to sedate him, fentanyl to slow and stop his heart, and cisatracurium to paralyze his muscles. Scott was scheduled to be executed earlier this year, however, his execution was stayed over concerns about the execution drugs. Read more about Scott and his crime here.
James Alex Fields, Jr., has plead not guilty after being charged with a federal hate crime. James is accused of killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and injuring dozens more, by hitting them with his car during a protest in Virginia. James drove his vehicle into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally. James could face the death penalty, although prosecutors have not yet decided if they will pursue it.