October 24, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 43


China: Although the exact number of executions carried out in 2013 is considered a state secret, the Dui Hua Foundation estimated that approximately 2,400 people were executed in 2013.  The Dui Hua Foundation expects that approximately the same number of individuals will be executed in 2014.  For 2012, they estimated that 3,000 people were executed.  Executions are carried out in secret in China.  The organs of executed inmates are used for transplants, although China has been attempting to move away from that practice in recent years.



Egypt: On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, an Egyptian militia court sentenced seven individuals to death and two individuals to life in prison for planning and execution attacks on the military.  The attacks killed two military officers.  All nine men are members of the Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which claims to support the Islamic State.



Iran: On Sunday, October 19, 2014, four unnamed men, aged 32, 46, 44, and 32, were executed by hanging in the prison of Rasht in the Gilan province.  All were executed on drug related charges.


Fardin Jafarian was charged with murder at the age of 14.  He was executed on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Tabriz Central Prison.  He was 18 at the time of the execution.  Fardin’s execution violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, which the nation signed on September 5, 1991, and the Islamic Consultative Assembly approved on February 20, 1994.


On Sunday, October 19, 2014, eight unnamed inmates were executed by hanging at Ghezel-Hessar prison.  Their crimes have not been reported.  Also on Sunday, October 19, 2014, six unnamed inmates died due to excruciating conditions at a death camp.


On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, three Afghan men were execute by hanging.  The men were not named.  They were executed for drug related charges.


On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, a 35-year-old unnamed prisoner was executed by hanging in northern Iran.  He had spent the last six years on death row.



Maldives: Hussein Humam has been convicted of killing MP Dr. Afrashim Ali on October 1, 2012.  Hussein has been sentenced to death.  His appeals have been halted for one month, to allow him time to appoint a lawyer.



Saudi Arabia: On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Baz Mohammed Ghul Mohammed was executed for smuggling a large amount heroin into the nation by hiding it in his stomach.    He was executed by beheading in Khobar, a city in the Eastern Province.


In August of 2014, a total of 26 individuals were executed.  The total number of executions for 2014, stands at 59 individuals, compared to the 69 (some reports claim 78) individuals who were executed in the entirety of 2013.



Somalia:  An 18-year-old male, Hassan Ahmed Ali, was stoned to death after he was accused of raping a 28-year-old woman at gunpoint.  Hassan was publicly stoned to death by Al-Shabaab militants after being sentenced by a local judge.  Hassan was buried up to neck while masked fighters threw stones at him.



Syria: A man and a woman were publicly stoned to death an Islamic State run area of Syria.  They were stoned for committing adultery.  The woman’s hands and feet were bound with rope before she was forced to kneel in a pit.  Stones were then thrown at her.



United States of America: Tennessee inmate Olen Hutchison was scheduled to be executed in 2015.  On Sunday, October 19, 2014, Olen died of natural causes.  He was 61 years of age.  Olen had been sentenced to die for the murder of 46-year-old Hugh L. Huddleston, who was like a father to Olen.  Olen killed him for the insurance money.  Please pray for the family of Olen.  Please pray for the family of Hugh.



Zimbabwe: Justice Charles Hungwe has ruled that the High Court cannot impose the death penalty until the legislature clearly defines what “aggravating circumstances” make a murder eligible for the death penalty.