August 17, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 33
India: President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018, which allows those who have been convicted of raping a girl under the age of 12 to be sentenced to death. Parliament had approved the bill, before it was sent to the President for approval. There have been numerous calls for harsher punishments for rapists, as several well-publicized rapes have occurred in recent years. In addition allowing the death penalty, the minimum punishment for raping a girl under the age of 16 has been increased from 10 to 20 years in prison, with the possibility of life in prison.
Indonesia: Officials have announced that they have enough evidence to charge the two women who have been accused of spraying the chemical nerve agent VX on the face of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. If convicted, the two women could be executed. In their defense, the two women - Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian national, and Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese national - have said that they thought they were participating in a prank. Four North Korean men also thought to be involved have not yet been caught.
Iran: On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, an execution was carried out at Tabriz Central Prison. The inmate was identified as Eyvaz Bidast. He was convicted and sentenced to death on drug related charges 12 years ago.
On Monday, August 13, 2018, 37-year-old Moslem Shiri was executed by hanging at Ardabil Central Prison. He was convicted of murder.
Libya: Forty-five individuals have been sentenced to death by a Libyan court. They are convicted of murder during the 2011 uprising that resulted in civil war and removal of Moammar Gadhafi from power. In addition to the 45 sentenced to death, 54 individuals have been sentenced to five years in prison, while 22 others were acquitted.
Thailand: On Thursday, August 16, 2018, a drug dealer, Tun Hung Seong, nicknamed “Iceman,” was sentenced to death by a court for running a narcotics network. Seong was arrested in April 2017, after a tip-off that he planned to smuggle a significant amount of crystal meth into the south. Three others were arrested and tried with him. They also received the death penalty, although two of them have had their sentences reduced to life in prison due to “useful” confessions.
United States of America: On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Carey Dean Moore was executed in the state of Nebraska. It was Nebraska’s first execution since 1997. Carey was executed for murdering Reuel Van Ness, Jr., and Maynard Helgeland. Both victims were cab drivers. Read more about Carey’s case here.
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Jose Jimenez was scheduled to be executed in Florida. His execution, however, was stayed by the Florida Supreme Court. The reason for his stay was not issued, although his attorneys noted in their request that they recently received over 1,000 pages of additional documents less than one month before the execution. Jose is convicted of murdering 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in Miami, Florida, in October 1992. Read more about Jose and his case here.
A jury in Harris County, Texas has sentenced to death 60-year-old Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, a Muslim immigrant from Jordan. Ali is convicted of murdering his son-in-law, 28-year-old Coty Beavers and 30-year-old Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a friend of Ali’s daughter, Nesreen. Ali claims the killings were “honor killings.” Ali became enraged after Nesreen married Coty, who is a Christian, in 2012, and covered to Christianity herself. Gelareh encouraged the two to marry.