November 7, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 45


Bangladesh: Motiur Rahman Nizami, chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.  Those crimes include rape, murder, abduction, and inciting violence.  Executions are carried out by hanging.  Nizami had previously been sentenced to death for an unrelated crime.



Belarus: Alyaksandr Hrunou, who was sentenced to death last year for murdering a women in 2012, was executed on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, according to unofficial reports.  Alyaksandr’s mother has claimed to have received his belongings from prison.  Belarus is the only country in Europe that performs executions.  It has carried out at least two executions this year and has at least one person remaining on death row.



China: Forty-year-old Han Lei was executed for killing a two-year-old girl after engaging in an argument with her mother in a parking lot in July of 2013.  The execution occurred on Friday, October 31,2014.



India: Fifty-six-year-old Bharat Singh was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 3-year-old.  His sentence has been commuted to life in prison, as new evidence suggests that he can be “reformed.”



Pakistan: Shama and Shehzad, a Christian couple, have been beaten to death by a crowd after being accused of desecrating a Koran.  Their bodies were then burned.  According to the police, they attempted to help the couple, but were outnumbered by the crowd.



Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has stopped the death sentence given to Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite Sheikh.  The execution was stopped after the king received a letter from the Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council warning against the repercussions of the execution, which could be used as propaganda in support of the Islamic State. 


On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Mohammed Sadiq Hanif, a Pakistani man, was executed by beheading for trafficking heroin into the country.  Mohammed hid the drug in his stomach.


On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Amin Allah Zar Gul, a Pakistani man, was executed by beheading for trafficking heroin into the country.  Amin hid the drug in his gut.



Singapore: In 2009, 29-year-old Wilkinson Primus from Malaysia, was sentenced to die due to trafficking drugs.  Under new drug trafficking laws, Wilkinson has had his sentence reduced to life in prison due to his decreased mental capacity.  Wilkinson argued that he was intellectually challenged and suffered from depression at the time he trafficked drugs.



United Arab Emirates: Two students, one of whom is a member of Kuwait’s royal family, have been sentenced to death for torturing their roommate to death after a financial dispute.  Both men, identified by initials only, are 19 years of age.  Mubarak Meshaal Al Mubarak, also 19, died in a hospital after sustaining multiple injuries including internal bleeding, burns, and multiple fractures.  A third defendant has fled the country, and is charged with covering up a crime and failing to report it to authorities.



United States of America:  Seventy-five-year-old Kenneth Baumruk, an inmate on death row in Missouri, died of natural causes on Friday, October 31, 2014.  Kenneth was the oldest inmate on death row in the state.  He was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, Mary, on May 5, 1992, in a Clayton courthouse.  They were scheduled to begin divorce proceedings.  Several others were wounded in the attack.  Please pray for peace for the family of Mary.  Please pray for Kenneth’s family.


Seventy-four-year-old Michael Homick, an inmate on death row in California, has died of natural causes on Wednesday, November 4, 2014.  Michael has been on death row since 1995, when he was convicted of murdering 67-year-old Gerald Woodman and 63-year-old Vera Woodman on September 25, 1985.  Please pray for peace for the families of Gerald and Vera.  Please pray for the family of Michael.