May 2, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 18


Brunei:Sultan Hassani Bolkiah announced that Islamic laws started to take effect on May 1, 2014.  These new laws include the death penalty for same-sex relations, among other crimes.  Not all of the new laws will take effect immediately, but will be implemented in phases.  The second phase involves the severing of limbs and the third phase involves death by stoning for sexual crimes.  Muslims and non-Muslims will be held accountable to the new laws. 



Egypt: Judge Sayedd Yousef has sentenced 683 people to death in a mass trial.  Included among the 683 is Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.  All were convicted on charges of inciting or committing acts of violence that led to the destruction of a police station and the killing of an officer.



Iran: On Saturday, April 26, 2014, three prisoners, 23-year-old Omid Prir, 20-year-old Iman Galavi, and 20-year-old Alireza Dehmardeh, were publically executed for the assassination of a prosecutor in Zabol in November of 2013.  The execution was carried out at the same location as the assassination.


Also on Saturday, April 26, 2014, a prisoner, identified by initials only, was publicly hanged in Semnan in northern Iran.


On Monday, April 28, 2014, one prisoner was executed by hanging in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in northeastern Iran.  On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, two other prisoners were executed at the same prison.  None of the prisoners were identified by name.  They were all convicted of murder.



Maldives: Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer, announced that the death penalty was implemented beginning Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Maldives has had an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty since 1953, although several people have been sentenced to death over the years.  Generally, their sentences were commuted to life in prison by the president, an authority he no longer has.  The current president and vice president support implementing the death penalty.  Under the new law, the age of criminal responsibility is 10, but for "hadd" offenses, children as young as seven can be sentenced to death.  Hadd offenses include theft, fornication, adultery, consumption of alcohol, and apostasy.



Sri Lanka:Seven people have been sentenced to death for committing a murder in 1994.  They were sentenced to death by High Court Judge Lalith Ekanayake on Monday, April 28, 2014.



Taiwan:Five unnamed death row inmates were executed on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  The inmates were first anaesthetized and then shot.  They were separately convicted of murder, robbery, and forced sex, causing the death of 11 and injuring four others.  This was the first execution for Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay.



United States of America: Clayton Lockett was executed by the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  His execution did not go as planned, due to a collapsed vein.  Please check our website for more details.


The execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Charles Warner was postponed for two weeks, following complications with the execution of Clayton Lockett.  Charles has been rescheduled for May 12, 2014, however his execution may be further stayed to allow time for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Clayton's death. 


John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, has commuted the death sentence of Arthur Tyler. 


Following careful review of the Ohio execution protocol, Ohio has chosen to increase the dosage of drugs used in executions.  On January 16, 2014, the execution of Dennis McGuire took an unusually long time and he appeared to make several unusual noises.  Following his execution, the Department of Corrections reviewed their procedure and determined that Dennis did not suffer, however, to alleviate any additional concerns, they have decided to increase the dosage in execution drugs.


John Booth-El, a Maryland death row inmate was found dead in his cell on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  John was 60 years of age.  He was found unresponsive shortly after speaking with a correctional officer.  Medical personal attempted to revive him but they were unsuccessful.  John appeared to have died from natural causes.