April 10, 2014

IDPN 2014 Issue 15


China: A former policeman, Hu Ping, has had his death penalty appeal rejected by the Higher People's Court of Buangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.  Thirty-four-year-old Hu was drunk when he shot a pregnant woman, Wu Ying, and her husband, Cai Shiyong, on October 28 of last year.  Wu and her unborn child were killed.  Cai survived with minor injuries to his right shoulder.  Hu unsuccessfully argued that he had not shot three times as argued by the prosecutor, that he was too drunk to be aware of his actions, and that Cai had attempted to grab the gun, which caused it to accidentally discharge.  



Indonesia: Forty-nine-year-old French national Francios Jacques Giuily has been charged with drug trafficking in Bali and could face the death penalty if found guilty.  



Iran: An unidentified male was executed by hanging on Monday, April 7, 2014, in Ardebil (northwestern Iran).  He was executed on drug related charges.  



Iraq: Two men, convicted and sentenced to death for belonging to an al-Qaeda terrorist organization, have been executed.  Their execution occurred following approval by the republic presidency.  



Malaysia:Indonesian domestic worker Wilfrida Soik will not be put to death for killing her elderly Malaysian employer.  It was ruled by a Malaysian court that Wilfrida was mentally ill when she attacked and killed 60-year-old Yeap Seok Pen in December of 2010.  Wilfrida will be treated at a Malaysian hospital while she awaits a pardon from the sultan of Kelantan, after which, Wilfrida can return home to her family.  



Nigeria:Sixty-seven-year-old Lasisi Yusuf has been granted amnesty by Governor Idris Wada.  Lasisi has been on death row for nearly 18 years.  He was sentenced to death for homicide.  



North Korea:An official, O Sang-hon who was associated with Jang Song-taek, the deceased uncle of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il, has been "executed by flame-thrower," according to South Korea media reports.  O was executed for following instructions given by Jang.  



Pakistan: Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, a Christian couple from the town of Gojra, have been sentenced to be executed for sending a text message which allegedly insulted the Prophet Mohamed.  The text was sent to the imam of their local mosque.  According to the couple's attorney, the trial was unfairly conducted and the mobile phone from which the text message originated had previously been lost.  



Papua New Guinea:Lethal injection has been approved for use in executions by the National Executive Council.  This follows the recommendation of a government committee who considered a variety of options of capital punishment.  The execution chamber will be built within a new maximum security prison at Bomana, on the outskirts of Port Moresby.  



Saudi Arabia: Indonesian domestic worker Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad has been spared from execution for the murder of her employer's wife and stealing money.  Indonesia has agreed to pay 1.  9 million in blood money, and Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay the rest of the money demanded by the victim's family.  Saudi Arabia and Indonesia are attempting to work and repair their relationship following the beheading of an Indonesian helper in 2011.  Following that execution, Indonesian placed a moratorium on sending new maids to Saudi Arabia, a moratorium which remains in place.  


The nation's supreme court has upheld the death sentence for a teacher, Jeddah, who is convicted of kidnapping and raping eight young girls.  The teacher would lure the girls into his car and take them to his home, where he would rape them, after he sent his family away.  He was arrested after a victim was able to lead police to Jeddah's home.  



United States of America: On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas was executed by the state of Texas.  Ramiro was executed for the murder of Glen Lich.  Read the full story here.  


Federal death row inmate, 37-year-old Jeffery Paul has obtained an indefinite stay of execution as he joins three other inmates challenging the federal government's lethal injection protocol.  Jeffery has been convicted of killing 82-year-old retired National Park Service employee Sherman Williams on federal land in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Jeffery was, in 2010, scheduled to be the first federal inmate executed under President Barack Obama.  In 2011, the Justice Department halted all federal executions so that the execution protocol could be revised due to a shortage of execution drugs.  The last federal execution occurred in March of 2003.  


Attorneys for James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a shooting spree in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, has asked the judges to relocate the trial due to potential jurors being exposed to prejudicial news coverage and potential emotional reactions.  Holmes has pled not guilty by reason of insanity.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.  


The Senate in Tennessee has voted to allow the state to execute inmates via the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are not available.  The measure passed 23-3.  Currently, electrocution is a back-up option if lethal injection drugs are not legal available.  Like many other states, Tennessee is having difficulties obtaining execution drugs since European drug manufactures have stopped selling to United States' prisons.  Tennessee last used electrocution in 2007.  The House has not yet voted on the measure.  


Defense attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, have been granted extension, until May 7, in order to have additional time to prepare challenges to the evidence they expect to be presented against them.  



Vietnam:The Supreme People's Court has upheld the death sentence for 32-year-old Chaimongkol Suracha, who was convicted of smuggling nearly 2 kilograms of cocaine into Vietnam from Brazil.  Chaimongkol claims that she did not know she was carrying cocaine into the country, which was hidden inside of photo albums.  In her request for clemency, Chaimongkol noted that she had children.  Her request was rejected.  


In the past five months, at least three Vietnamese bankers have been sentenced to death for approving counterfeit loans and other banking scams.