August 22, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 34


Afghanistan: On Thursday, August 14, 2014, five unidentified individuals were publicly executed by hanging by the Taliban.  The five individuals were accused of kidnapping a business man.  Their bodies were left hanging overnight in a busy opium market.



China: A unnamed German man has been sentenced to death in China for the premeditated murder of his ex-girlfriend and her partner.  The sentenced was handed down by an Xiamen court on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  The sentence can be appealed.  Germany opposes the death penalty.


Thirty-two-year-old Jaycee Chan, the son of actor Jackie Chan, was arrested in Beijing on marijuana charges.  He was also found to be in possession of marijuana, which could result in an intent to sell charge, which has a maximum sentence of death.  Jackie Chan is an anti-drug spokesman in China.



Gaza: At least 18 unnamed Palestinians, who were suspected of collaborating with Israel, were publicly executed by shooting by Hamas militants.  At least two women were part of the group.



India: Two sisters have had their execution put on hold after they appealed that the 13-year delay in carrying out the sentence was excessive.  Earlier this year, the Supreme Court held that “inordinate and inexplicable” delays in carrying out executions were grounds for commuting death sentences.  The two women were sentenced to death for kidnapping children, forcing them to beg and steal, and killing them when they were no longer useful.



Indonesia: Nineteen-year-old Heather Mack and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer, both Americans from Chicago, were arrested in connection with the death of 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack, who was found stuffed in a suitcase on the island of Bali.  Evidence suggests that Sheila was brutally beaten and died from for asphyxiation.  Heather and Tommy have been charged with premeditated murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death.  Sheila was Heather’s mother.



Iran: On Sunday, August 17, 2014, protests erupted in Gehselhesar prison.  It has been reported that several prisoners were killed when the guards opened fired on the prisoners.


On Monday, August 18, 2014, a man, Asghar Azizi was publicly executed by hanging in Mianeh in the East-Azerbaijan province.  Asghar was executed for possession and trafficking narcotic drugs.  Also on Monday, at least 10 prisoners were executed in the prison of Gehzelhesar.  The names of those prisoners have not been released, nor has information about their crimes been made public.



Saudi Arabia: Wail al-Shehri, a Saudi national, was executed by decapitation by sword on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  Wail was executed for the murder of Meshaal Assiri.  Wail shot Meshaal during an argument.



Syria: The Islamic State of Iraq had executed 700 individuals belonging to an opposing tribe, Al Sheitaat, in eastern Syria, which they have been battling for the past two weeks. 



Ukraine: Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine have set up military tribunals who can issue death penalties for crimes including, but not limited to, treason, espionage, attempts on the lives of leadership, and sabotage.  The military tribunals have been set up as a way to deal with growing conflict.




United States of America: The Attorney General for California, Kamala Harris, has announced that the state will appeal the decision of US District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who ruled last month that the decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether inmate will actually be executed violated the inmate’s 8th Amendment rights, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.  Judge Carney blamed the state for the extended delays, noting that only 13 people have been executed since 1978, but over 900 have been sentenced to death.  Judge Carney’s decision only affected one individual, Ernest Dewayne Jones.  The decision is being appealed to a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.