September 12, 2014

IDPN 2014 Issue 37


Afghanistan:  Seven men have been sentenced to death for gang-raping four women.  The women were driving home from a wedding when they were attacked, kidnapped, and raped by men wearing police uniforms.  The seven were found with the uniforms and later confessed.



China: Zhou Junhui and Qin Xing were sentenced to death for the rape of an 11-year-old girl, daughter of Tang Hui, a social campaigner.  Zhou and Qin then forced the girl into prostitution, along with others.  Their death sentence has been reduced to life in prison.


On Thursday, September 4, 2014, 50-year-old Li Lijuan was executed for starting a fire in a warehouse on January 1, 2013.  Three firefighters died while attempting to extinguish the fire.  The fire also caused millions of dollars worth of damage.


Three of the four individuals accused of leading and organizing a deadly, mass knife attack in Kumming station, Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz, and Hasayn Muhammad, have been sentenced to death.  The three did not participate in the attack as they were arrested two days prior.  The fourth, Patigul Tohti, has been jailed for life.  The attack on March 1, 2014, killed 31 people and injured 141 others.  Four others were also involved in the attack.  They were killed at the scene.



Egypt: Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, along with 10 others, may face the death penalty for leaking national security secrets to Qatar.  Qatar is an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government which ousted Morsi in 2013.



Iran: Souhail Arabi, a 30-year-old social media activist was sentenced to death for insulting the prophet Mohammed.  Souhail is currently in prison in Tehran.


Pastor Matthias Haghnejad and Silas Rabbani, both Christians, have been charged with “mofsed-e-filarz” or “spreading corruption on earth,” a more serious charge than “moharebeh” or “enmity against God.”  The two men, along with a third Christian, have been tortured into confessing that they are “spies.”  


On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 24-year-old Vahid Q, and 22-year-old Bahman Moussavi were publicly executed by hanging in Hamadan.  They were executed for “being evil.”



On Thursday, September 11, 2014, an unnamed 60-year-old woman and 31-year-old man were executed by hanging in the prison of Rasht in northern Iran.  The man had been convicted of possession and trafficking of narcotics and the woman was convicted of buying, possessing, trafficking, and distributing heroin.



Saudi Arabia: On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Pakistani man, Saudi Bandar Khalaf al Enzi, has been executed by beheading for the murder of a Saudi national.  Also executed on Tuesday, was a second Pakistani man Kamran Ghulam Abbas, who was executed by beheading for smuggling heroin.


On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Hussein Daghriri was executed by beheading in Jizan for killing fellow tribesman Nayef Daghriri during a dispute.



United Arab Emirates: A Kuwaiti student at Sharjah University has been sentenced to death for the murder of another student.  The Kuwaiti student and a friend beat to death a third student after a heated argument.  The Kuwaiti student’s family has offered to pay a diya (blood money) to spare him from death, but the victim’s family demands are larger payment.



United States of America: Earl Ringo, Jr., was executed by the state of Missouri shortly after midnight on September 10, 2014.  Earl was 40 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of the 22-year-old JoAnna Baysinger and 45-year-old Dennis Poyser in Columbia, Missouri, on July 4, 1998.  Read the full story here.


Also executed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, was Texas inmate Willie “T-Rock” Trottie.  The execution occurred shortly after 6 pm CDT.  Willie was 44 years of age.  He was executed for the murders of 24-year-old Barbara Nell Canada and her brother 29-year-old Titus C. Canada in Harris County, Texas, on May 3, 1993. Read the full story here.


Following the execution of Clayton Lockett, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections launched an investigation to determine what went wrong and how to improve its execution process.  The Department of Corrections will be renovating the death chamber to allow additional space for the prison director and other staff, which should improve communication during the execution.  New communication devices will also be installed.  The Department of Corrections will also be purchasing new equipment to assist in finding usable veins.  Additional training will also be performed before the next execution.  Governor Mary Fallin hopes to have the renovations and training completed before November 13, 2014, which is when the next execution is scheduled to occur.