December 9, 2016
IDPN 2016 Issue 50
Bangladesh: The nation’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for three individuals - Hannan, Bipul, and Ripon - convicted of participating in a terror attack that left three policemen dead. The three were members of the HuJI militant group.
Iran: Businessman Babak Zanjani has had his death sentence confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court. Babak has been convicted of financial corruption in a high profile case. He was arrested on December 30, 2013, and convicted of corruption and bribery, as well as money laundering. Babak was also sentenced to pay back one-fourth of the total money laundered. Two others were convicted and sentenced to death along with Babak, however the court reversed their death sentences.
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Akbar Karami was executed by hanging at Dizel Abad Prison in western Iran. Akbar was convicted of murder three years ago.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Ali Chartagh was executed by hanging at Salmas Central Prison in northwestern Iran. He was executed on drug related charges.
Philippines:As lawmakers continue to debate reinstating the death penalty, they are also considering what method to use. According to the current bill, hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection are all possibilities. The bill also states that an execution must occur within a year and one half year after the judgment has become final. Those who are convicted of selling, trading, distributing, transporting, and/or manufacturing drugs would be eligible to receive the death penalty. Lawmakers are also considering other crimes, such as kidnapping, rape, murder, and bribery as being eligible for the death penalty.
Saudi Arabia: Fifteen, out of 32, individuals were sentenced to death for spying for Iran. All were accused of treason and of establishing a spy ring for Iranian intelligence, and passing sensitive data about military zones. Tension between the two nations has increased in past years. Two of the 32 were found not guilty while the remaining 15 were given various prison sentences.
Syria: Members of the Islamic State have publicly murdered a man on charges of homosexuality. The unidentified individual was thrown to death in Aleppo, a war torn city on the border. The Islamic State has killed several homosexuals during their rule. After being thrown from the building, the crowd, including young children, are instructed to stone the man.
United States of America: On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, William Sallie was executed in Georgia. He was 50 years of age. He was pronounced dead at 10:05 pm EST, after appeals delayed his execution for several hours. William is convicted of the murder of John Moore, in addition to injuring John’s wife and kidnapping and sexually assaulting two of John’s adult daughters. Read more about William and his case here.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, John Battaglia was scheduled to be executed in Texas. His execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. John is convicted of murdering his two young daughters, Faith and Liberty, on May 2, 2001. Read more about John’s case here.
On Thursday, December 8, 2016, Ronald Bert Smith, Jr., was executed by the state of Alabama. He was pronounced dead at 11:05 pm CST, after his execution was delayed several hours due to appeals. Ronald was convicted of the murder of Casey Wilson on November 8, 1994. Click here for more information about Robert and his case.
Lawyers have asked Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to remove several inmates from death row. Specifically, the group of lawyers and law professors have asked that those who had a judge override a jury recommendation of life without parole have their sentences commuted. The group believes that a judge overriding the recommendation of a jury is unconstitutional, based on the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in Hurst v. Florida. Alabama argues that their death sentencing process differs from Florida, making Alabama’s constitutional.