October 17, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 42


Afghanistan: The government plans to review the cases of 400 inmates who have been sentenced to death.  The majority of the cases are currently awaiting the signature of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.  



China: Zhang Lidong and his daughter Zhang Fan were sentenced to be executed for beating to death Wu Shuoyan at a McDonalds earlier this year.  The father and daughter are members of a religious sect that is banned in China and were attempting to recruit the woman.  Three other individuals were given sentences ranging from seven years to life.


On Monday, October 13, 2014, a court in Xinjiang sentenced 12 people to death for organizing a terror attack that resulted in the death of 37 civilians in July.  Also on Monday, the Intermediate People’s Court sentenced 15 others to death.  Nine others received life sentences, while 20 others received four to twenty years behind bars.


On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Ma Yongdong was executed for murdering his pregnant wife, two of his wife’s nieces, parents-in-laws, and grandparents-in-laws.  Ma, a farmer, killed his wife and her family after an argument.



Iran: On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, four prisoners were executed in Bandar-abbas in southern Iran.  The names and crimes of the inmates were not reported.


On Thursday, October 9, 2014, one prisoner was executed in the city of Marivan in western Iran.  The name and crime of the inmate was not released.


Last week, 28-year-old Mohammad Reza Mazlomi was executed by hanging in the city of Bam in southern Iran.  Mohammad was imprisoned for over five years.



Pakistan: Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has had her death sentence upheld.  Asia has been on death row since November 2010, after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Mohammed.  Asia is a Christian in a predominately Muslim society and has previously had blasphemy claims filed against her.  Opponents to the nation’s blasphemy laws claim that such laws are frequently misused to settle personal disputes.  Additionally, lawyers who defend individuals accused of blasphemy and judges who appear lenient risk being accused of the crime themselves.



Papua New Guinea: The nation’s government is currently searching for method with which to carry out executions.  They have ruled out the possibility of lethal injection due to restrictions placed on execution drugs.



Saudi Arabia: Three terror suspects, a Saudi, a Chadian, and an Egyptian, have been sentenced to death for terrorist activities.  Nineteen others were given various jail terms for their roles in acts of terror, which included firing at security officials during a security operation, plotting to kidnap and assassinate prominent figures, and receiving training from al-Qaeda.


Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a Shia cleric, has been sentenced to death for “disobeying” rulers and seeking “foreign meddling” in the kingdom.  al-Nimr was a vocal supporter of anti-government protests in 2011.  His family has claimed that the judge had the option of giving a lighter sentence and that the trial was “political.”


Mohammad Yunus Mohammed Shoaib was executed by beheading earlier this week.  He was executed in the Eastern Province community of Qatif.  He was executed for attempting to smuggle large quantities of heroin into the nation.


On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Hamad bin Awadh bin Hawi Al-Anzi was executed by beheading for smuggling large quantities of amphetamine pills into the kingdom. 



United Staes of America: Michael Parrish of Pennsylvania was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.  His execution was stayed by the Monroe Court of Common Pleas.  He is convicted of killing 21-year-old Victoria Adams and 18-month-old Sidney Parrish on July 6, 2009, in Effort, Pennsylvania.  Read his full story here.


Larry Hatten was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Texas.  Larry was not contesting his execution, however, he was granted a stay of execution for at least six months by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to allow time to resolve a 1997 filing issue with a court in Nueces County.  Read Larry’s full story here.


Raymond Tibbetts was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Mansfield, Ohio.  Raymond’s execution has been postponed until March 12, 2015, after a rearranging of execution dates in Ohio following several delays due to execution drugs.  Raymond is convicted of murdering his wife, Judith Sue Crawford and 67-year-old Fred Hicks on November 6, 1997, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Read his full story here.


Attorney General for Oklahoma Scott Pruitt has asked that the three inmates scheduled to be executed this year have their executions postponed.  The additional time would allow time for the execution team to have additional training on the new execution procedure and the new equipment.  Read the story here.


The family of former Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett is suing the doctor who allegedly participated in the execution.  The lawsuit alleges that the doctor participated “in human medical experimentation in torturing Clayton Lockett to death” and that his participation violated international protocols established after the Nuremberg trials of Nazi doctors.  Allegedly, the doctor stepped in to place the IV line into Clayton’s groin when the paramedic was unable to do so.  Active participation violates the voluntary code laid out by the American Medical Association.  Some also claim that participation in execution violate the Hippocratic Oath.


Nineteen-year-old Austin Myers has just become the youngest inmate on death row in Ohio.  Austin is convicted of murdering 18-year-old Justin Black.



Zimbabwe: Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has stated that there will be no executions under his watch, as “the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights.”  Mnangagwe was nearly hung during the liberation war, spared only because of his age.  Mnangagwe is also asking that the death sentences of the 98 inmates on death row be commuted.