July 25, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 30



Bangladesh: Eight individuals, Mufti Abdul Hannan, Akbar Hossain, Arif Hasan, Maulana Tajuddin, Hafez, Jahangir Alam, Maulana Abu Bakr, Mufti Abdul Hye, and Mufti Shafiqur Rahman, have received the death penalty for their part in an explosive attack that resulted in the death of 10 individuals in 2001.  Five of the eight individuals sentence to death have not been caught.  The attack occurred during the celebration of Pohela Boishakh.  Mufti Abdul Hannan is credited as the “mastermind” behind the attack.



China: On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, China executed Hu Ping, a former police officer, for the murder of Wu Ying and her unborn child.  Wu and her husband Cai Shiyong ran a rice noodle restaurant.  Cai sustained minor injuries from the shooting.  Hu was drunk when he committed the crime.


On Friday, July 25, 2014, an unnamed Japanese man was executed in China for smuggling stimulant drugs.



India: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, has rejected mercy pleas for six individuals sentenced to death.  One of the individuals is Surinder Koli a serial killer who kidnapped, abused, and murdered several minors in a Nithair village.  Others were Renukabai and Seema, sisters from Maharashtra who kidnapped and brutally murdered seven children, Rajendra Prahladrao Wasnik, also from Maharashtra and convicted of raping and murdering a minor girl, Jagdish of Madhya Pradesh who murdered his wife and five children, and Holiram Bordoloi of Assam who burnt two people to death and hacked a third to death in public.



Iran: Political prison Arzhand Davoodi has already served 10 years in prison.  Davoodi, now 62 years of age, has recently been sentenced to death for his opposition of the clerical regime.  Davoodi, prior to being arrested in October of 2003, was a school teacher.  He was first sentenced to 15 years in prison, which was later increased to 20 years.  


An unidentified 32-year-old prisoner has been sentenced to be twice executed by stoning and hanging.  The prisoner is convicted of adultery and possessing satellite receivers among other crimes.


It is reported that on Sunday, July 20, 2014, a group of four men and four woman were executed by hanging in the main prison in the city of Birjand in eastern Iran.  The following day, at the same prison, two more prisoners were executed by hanging.  All prisoners were executed on drug related charges.




Malaysia: Thirty-seven-year-old Uchechukwu Nelson Ohaechesi has been sentenced to death for trafficking cannabis in 2010.  Uchechukwu was a student at a private Nigerian college when he was caught.



Saudi Arabia: The Indonesian Embassy is working to save the lives of many of its nationals on death row in Saudi Arabia.  Young women will often come to Saudi Arabia, and other countries, looking for work and obtain jobs as house maids.  They are often treated poorly, underpaid, and overworked.  In the Islamic nation, there are a variety  of crimes which can land a person on death row.  Recently, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have began working together in the hopes of improving the conditions for migrant workers and increasing the support the workers received from their home nations.



Sri Lanka: Ukrainian couple, Mashour Eugene and Yanna Brishyana, have been convicted of murdering 8-year-old Victoria Kim and housemaid Daisy Manohari in Rajagiriya on February 23, 2010.  Mashour and Yanna have been sentenced to death.  The mother of the child was also injured in the attack.  Yanna has asked to be executed immediately, instead of being sent to prison.



Sudan: The story of Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old Sudanese Christian sentenced to death for refusing to recant her faith, drew international attention.  Meriam is the daughter of a Muslim father who abandoned her and her Christian mother when she was just a child.  She was raised by her Christian mother and later married Daniel Wani, also a Christian.  A man claiming to be Meriam’s brother, recently reported her to the Sudanese police.  She was near the end of her second pregnancy when she was convicted of apostasy and adultery.  Her marriage was not recognized by the courts because it was not to a Muslim.  She was given a choice: recant her Christian faith and convert to Islam or be sentenced to death.  Meriam stayed strong in her faith, giving birth to her second child while in prison.  Eventually, and with mounting international pressure, the Sudanese court chose to release Meriam.  Less than a day later, she was rearrested for trying to leave the country with a false passport.  Meriam and her family, with the help of Lapo Pistelli, and Italian diplomat, have since left Sudan.  On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Meriam and her family privately met with Pope Francis, who “thanked her for her faith and her courage.”


Syria: An unidentified woman was stoned to death by an Al-Qaeda group for the Islamic State.  The woman was convicted by a Sharia court of adultery and publicly stoned to death on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the town square in Tabaqa, Raqqa province.  Raqqa is where the Islamic state has established de facto capital.  The witnesses to the adultery were never identified and the man involved did not face any charges.


Less than 24 hours after a woman was stoned to death in Raqqa, a second unnamed woman, 26 years of age, was also stoned to death for adultery.  This woman was publicly stoned after the final prayer of the evening and the execution took place in a popular market.  The woman was a widow.



Taiwan: Twenty-one-year-old Cheng Chieh, a student, has been charged with four count of murder and 22 counts of attempted murder as a result of terrorizing, torturing, and stabbing victims on a moving subway train car on May 21.  Surveillance video captured his crime.



United States of America: On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Joseph Rudolph Wood III was executed by the state of Arizona.  The execution occurred after several delays and took nearly two hours to complete, with varying witnesses accounts of how the execution occurred.  Joseph was executed for the murder of 55-year-old Eugene Deitz and his 29-year-old daughter, Debra Deitz, on August 7, 1989, in Tuscon, Arizona.  Joseph was 55 years of age.  Read the story here


Following the execution of Joseph Wood, the attorney general for Arizona has called a temporary halt to executions in the state while Joseph’s execution is reviewed.


In a new report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General, it has been determined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has used flawed forensic evidence and overstated testimony by numerous lab examiners to convict 64 individuals.  After identifying the individuals whose cases were affected by this discovery, the Justice Department and the FBI delayed telling state prosecutors about the discovery.  At least three of the men who may have had false information presented at their trials were executed before their cases could be reviewed.




Vietnam: On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 30-year-old Nguyen Duc Nghia was executed by lethal injection.  Nghia was convicted of robbing and murdering his ex-girlfriend, Nguyen Phuong Linh on May 4, 2010.  After killing Linh, Nghia cut off her head and fingers and dumped them in a river.  Vietnam previously carried out executions by firing squad, but in 2011, the nation switched to lethal injection, however, as with the United States, Vietnam had difficulties obtaining execution drugs from European countries, so they began to manufacture their own.