August 15, 2014

IDPN 2014 Issue 33


Britain: On August 13, 1964, marks the 50th anniversary of the last execution in Great Britain.  Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were executed by hanging for murder.  At the time of their execution, it was unknown that they would be the final two men executed.



China: After killing four people with hammers in a coal mine, a group faked a mine accident to defraud money from the owners.  The five ringleaders of the 21 person gang, have been given death sentences.  Sentences for the remaining members were varied prison sentences.


In Hebei Province, a court upheld the death sentence of Liu Han, a former mining tycoon.  Han, and his brother Liu Wei, were convicted of murder and organizing, leading, and participating in a criminal organization.  The court also upheld sentences for other members of the gang.  Death sentences must be reviewed by the Supreme People’s Court before an execution date can be set.


On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, a South Korean, 56-year-old Jang, was executed by China for trafficking methamphetamine.  He was caught in June of 2009.  South Korea attempted to stop the executed.



Egypt: The nation’s highest Muslim religious authority, in a rare move, refused to uphold the death sentence for several senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, citing a lack of evidence.  The death sentences were handed down for encouraging murder during street violence in Cairo last summer.



India: Holiram Bordoloi was granted a stay of executed by the Gauhati high court after the President delayed for years deciding his mercy plea.


Two sisters, Renuka Kiran Shinde and Seema Mohan Gavit, could become the first women executed in India.  They have been sentenced to death for the kidnapping of 13 children, and murdering 9 of them, in 2001.  President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected their petitions for leniency.  Renuka and Seema acted on the instructions of their mother.  After being kidnapped, the children, ranging in ages from one to five years of age, were forced to beg and pickpocket.  When the children became too old or “stopped being productive,” they were killed.



Iran:  Since the end of Ramadan, Iran has executed at least 11 individuals.  On Tuesday, August 6, 2014, four unnamed men were publicly hanged in Shiraz in southern Iran.  Two of the men were convicted of sodomy.  The crime of the other two men was not revealed.


On Wednesday, August 7, 2014, two men, Hassan Cheraghalizadeh Esfehani and Hamid Nasiri MirAzizi, were publicly executed by hanging in Kermanshah, in western Iran.  Both were convicted of murder and sentenced to retribution in kind.


On Sunday, August 9, 2014, 20-year-old Osman Dahmardeh was executed.  Osman was a juvenile at the time he committed his crime.  Executed along side him, was his mother and three other men.  A sixth man was also led to the gallows.  A noose was placed around his neck, then removed.  This practice is a commonly used form of psychological torture in Iran.


On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, four prisoners, identified by initials only were executed by hanging at two separate prisons.  Two were charged with rape and kidnapping, while the other two were charged with murder.



Kenya: The Republican Liberty Party has submitted a bill which would allow for the stoning to death of homosexuals.  The bill would apply to foreign homosexuals in the country as well as domestic.  The bill is similar in nature to a Ugandan bill which was recently struck down by its Constitutional Court.  Many homosexuals fled to Kenya from Uganda after the passing of Uganda’s bill.



Saudi Arabia: A man, Mahdi Al Ghabari, was executed by beheading on Monday, August 11, 2014.  He was excited for murdering his wife, Shaqraa Al Bahri, with an axe in front of their daughter.


Ahwad Salem, a Yemen national, has been executed by beheading for the sexual assault and murder of two Asian housemaids, one in 2007, and another in 2008.  Ahwad would persuade the maids to run away with him, when he would sexually assault them before killing them.



Syria: Two women, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah and Faddah Ahmad, were stoned to death within a 24 hour period.  Both women were accused of adultery and executed by fighters for the Islamic State.  The Islamic State has also terrorized Shiite Muslims and members of the Yazidi religious minority.  They also kidnapped hundreds of Yazidi women, who will likely be sold and married to Islamic State fighters.



United States of America: Federal Judge Gregory Frost has extended the execution delay in the state of Ohio.  Executed are now postponed until January 15, 2015.  His previous execution delay was set to expire on August 15, 2014.  The additional stay was granted over the effectiveness of Ohio’s two drug execution protocol.  Arizona used the same drugs to execute Joseph Wood on July 23, 2014.  The execution took nearly two hours.