August 29, 2014

IDPN 2014 Issue 35


China: Nian Bin, approximately 38 years of age, was sentenced to death in 2006, for the murder of six neighbors, including two children, in Pingtan County in Fujian.  He was convicted of killing them by lacing their dinner with a poison commonly used to kill vermin, as revenge for them stealing business away from his grocery store.  Nian confessed to the crime after extreme torture, but has since recanted his confession and insisted upon his innocence.  Nian was sentenced to death four more times, until Friday, August 22, 2014, when his sentence was overturned and he was released, due to flawed and inconsistent evidence.


Eight militants involved in a suicide attack in Tiananmen Square in 2013, which killed three people and injured 39 others, have been executed.  The Supreme People’s Court upheld their death sentences prior to the executions.  Included in the execution were the three individuals who were convicted of masterminding the attack.


A 70-year-old Japanese politician, Takuma Sakuragi, faces the death penalty after being arrested last year.  Takuma is accused of smuggling drugs.  Takuma claims the suitcase in which the drugs were found was given to him by a Nigerian business associate.  Takuma is not well liked in China, as he is a well-known, ardent supporter of Japan’s claim on a set of small islets, which China claims belongs to them.  This dispute has cause relations between Japan and China to deteriorate.



Gaza: Hamas has executed four more Palestinians who have been suspected of spying for Israel.  They were executed by shooting.  The names of the individuals executed were not released.  A total of 25 individuals have been executed for collaborating with Israel.  The Palestinian Authority has denounced the executions and condemns Hamas for failing to follow legal procedures.



Iran: On Thursday, August 21, 2014, a man was publicly executed by hanging in the city of Qazvin.  The man, identified by initials only, was convicted of murdering his 9-year-old step-child.


Soheil R., was publicly executed by hanging on Sunday, August 24, 2014, in Sari in northern Iran.  He was executed for killing his brother and cousin last winter.  He also killed his wife during a conjugal visit.

Also on Sunday, August 24, 2014, an unnamed man was publicly executed by hanging in Borazjan for the murder of two woman after robbing and kidnapping them.


On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, five men - 35-year-old Edris Hassan Zadeh, 25-year-old Sajad Rezapour, 33-year-old Mansour Hetdari, 55-year-old Mohammad Balouch, and Mehdi Hashemi - were executed in the main prison in the city of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.  The crimes for which the men were executed was not reported.  One of the prisoners was a Pakistani citizen.


On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Daryoush was executed by hanging in a prison in Sarab in western Iran.  He was executed for the murder of a young man during a fight.


In 1996, Niaz-Ali was executed by hanging for the murder of his business partner in 1992.  On his way to the coroner, it was discovered that he was still alive.  The victim’s parents were payed blood money and Niaz was released.  Niaz has been re-arrested and is once again facing the death penalty.  The son of the victim, who was two years old at the time of the crime, has filed a complaint is is demanding a larger sum of blood money. 



Japan: Fifty-six-year-old Mitsuhiro Kobayashi and 59-year-old Tsutomu Takamizawa have been executed on Friday, August 29, 2014.  Mitsuhiro was executed for the murder of five individuals in a 2001 attack.  Tsutomu, a former gang member, was executed for murdering three individuals.



Malaysia: Three brothers from Mexico have been sentenced to death and are preparing their final appeal.  The brothers were arrested in the vicinity of a ship where police discovered nearly $15 million worth of methamphetamine.  One third of the drugs have disappeared while in police custody.  The brothers claim they were only employed to clean the ship and were unaware of the cargo.  The brothers have no previous police record.  The Mexican government opposes the execution.



Saudi Arabia: On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Yehya bin Saad Al Shahrani was executed by beheading for the murder of his mother, Aisha, in her hometown of Khamis Mushait.  Yehya killed Aisha by shooting her with a machine gun.  He confessed to the murder.  


Amnesty International, a human rights group which opposes the death penalty, is calling on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to postpone the execution of Siti Zainab binti Duhri Rupa, who is a migrant worker from Indonesia.  She is convicted of killing her employer in 1999, two years after coming to Saudi Arabia.


On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, three people were executed by beheading for three separate crimes.  Nawaf al-Mutairi was executed in Medina in western Saudi Arabia, for murdering Adel al-Harbi with a machine gun.  Naji Al-Mutleq was executed in Najran in southwestern Saudi Arabia, for murdering a fellow tribesman with a machine gun.  Musa Dhafiri was executed in neighboring Jazan, for murdering Yehia Hamdi by stabbing.



United States of America: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and two Oklahoma newspapers are suing Oklahoma after the execution of Clayton Lockett, because the blinds were closed as the execution team examined the injection point, located in the groin.  Shortly thereafter, Clayton suffered a heart attack, causing his death.  The ACLU is arguing that the press is entitled to view the entire execution procedure, from the time the inmate enters the execution chamber, until they are removed from the execution chamber.


Nebraska has not carried out an execution in 17 years, although execution is legal in the state.  It will likely be years before Nebraska is prepared to carry out another execution.  In December, Nebraska’s supply of execution drugs expired.  If and when Nebraska decides to start performing executions again, the state will have to find a new supplier of execution drugs and possible a new execution procedure.  The attorney general for Nebraska has stated that the corrections department is currently focusing on other issues, such as early releases for some inmates.