July 27, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 30
India: K Jithakumar and SV Sreekumar have been sentenced to death for the torture and murder of 27-year-old Udayakumar in 2005. Both men served as civil police officers. Udayakumar was arrested on charges of theft on September 27, 2005. In an attempt to obtain a confession from him, he was tortured and beaten, and ultimately killed. Two other police officers were also convicted and sentenced to six years in prison, while a third officer was sentenced to three years in prison.
Iran: On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Seyyed Morteza Mohammadi was executed by hanging at Rasht Central Prison. He was convicted of murdering Fariba, his girlfriend, after the two had a fight in 2015.
On Monday, July 23, 2018, two men were executed by public hanging in the city of Mashhad, the capital of the northeastern province of Razavi Khorasan. Both men were convicted of murder. While not identified by name, they were identified as a 41-year-old fruit seller, and a 27-year-old.
Iraq: The Nineveh Criminal Court in northern Iraq has issued a sentence of death for a former Islamic State leader known as al-Muhajir. He was convicted of slaughtering civilians in the town of Sinjar and of fighting against Iraqi security forces
Sri Lanka: As the nation moves forward on reinstating the death penalty, the European Union has threaten to make trading with the member nations more difficult. The Sri Lankan government has said that the warnings from the European Union will not change the position of President Maithripala Sirisena, who is firm in his decision to begin allowing serious, repeat, drug smuggling offenders to be sentenced to death. The European Union opposes the death penalty unequivocally.
Papua New Guinea: Ninety-seven villagers from Madang’s Rai Coast were convicted of murdering three elderly men, two children, and two young men in Sakiko village. Eight of those 97 have been sentenced to death. Those eight were found to be directly involved in the murders. The 97 villagers marched in Sakiko villiage on April 14, 2014, after a number of deaths in the area were attributed to sorcery. Of the remaining villagers, 88 were sentenced to life in prison for the murder, and one died while awaiting sentencing.
United Arab Emirates: Sandeep was arrested and convicted of the November 11, 2007 murder of his compatriot Mandeep Singh. The two men, originally from India, were had a disagreement over bootlegging. Sandeep was initially sentenced to death, as the family of the victim refused to accept blood money. However, the family was eventually convinced to accept the money and in 2013, the payment was made. Sandeep was released on July 22 and returned to India.
United States of America: Lawyers for the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, are planning to appeal his death sentence. They have asked for addition time to prepare their appeal due to the large volume of records they must review. In their request for additional time, they noted several of the issues they will be appealing, including the location of the trial, “multiple errors” during jury selection, and his confession to investigators.
There are currently 72 individuals sitting on death row in Louisiana, which last held an execution in 2010. And it is unlikely an execution will occur anytime soon, as s US District Judge recently agreed to a request to extend an order temporarily delaying executions for at least another year. The state is currently being sued over its lethal injection protocol. In addition to the order halting executions and the lawsuit, Louisiana is also having trouble, like many other states, obtaining lethal injection drugs.