November 14, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 46


Iran: Between October 18 and October 29, 2014, 12 prisoners were executed by hanging at the Orumiyeh Central Prison.  Nine of the prisoners were executed for drug trafficking crimes.  The men executed were Fakhreddin Ghavidel, Esfandiar Ghahremani, Nejat Karimi, Arash Sigari, Bahram Seddighi, Salaheddin Behnam Kerdar, Rashid Alizadeh, Reza Tahmassebi, Younes Golbahar, and Latin Mohammadi.


On Saturday, November 8, 2014, a man identified as Saeed, was publicly executed in Mashhad.  Saeed was convicted of “moharebeh” (waging war against God/corruption on earth).


On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Majid Gh., was publicly executed by hanging in Shiraz, in southern Iran.  He was convicted of “moharebeh” (waging war against God/corruption on earth).  He committed an armed robbery, resulting in the death of at least one person.



Saudi Arabia: On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Mohammed bin Abd al-Ghani bin Hassan al-Khatir was executed by beheading for trafficking drugs.  He was the 66th inmate executed so far this year.


On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Niyaz Mohammed Ghulam Mohammed, a Pakistani man, was executed by beheading for attempting to smuggle large quantities of heroin into the nation inside of his intestines.



South Korea: The captain of the ferry which capsized in April killing 304 passengers, mostly high schoolers, has escaped execution.  Instead, he has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.  He was convicted of negligence, but acquitted of the homicide charge.  The remaining 13 crew members were given prison terms ranging from 5 to 20 years.  Families of the victims were outspoken in their unhappiness with the ruling.  



United States of America: On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Chadwick Banks was executed by the state of Florida shortly after 7 pm EST.  He was 43 years of age.  Chadwick was executed for the murder of his wife, Cassandra Banks, and his 10-year-old step-daughter on September 24, 1992.  Read the full story here.


Miguel Padilla was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Thursday, November 13, 2014, in Pennsylvania.  Miguel was granted a stay of executed by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Miguel was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 61-year-old Alfred Mignogna, Jr., 58-year-old Fredrick Rickabaugh, Sr., and 28-year-old Stephen M. Heiss, on August 28, 2005.  Read his full story here.


Charles Frederick Warner was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, November 13, 2014, in McAlester Oklahoma.  Charles’ execution has been rescheduled to January 15, 2015, in order to allow the execution team to complete their training on the new execution protocol, including training on new equipment and new communication methods to be used during the execution.  Charles was scheduled to be executed earlier this year.  His execution was postponed following the prolonged execution of Clayton Lockett.  Read the full story here.


A victims group in California is suing state officials over the delay in carrying out executions.  Executions have been on hold in the state since 2006, due to problems with the execution policy and obtaining the drugs necessary to carry out the executions.  The group is asking that the state be forced to adopt a new execution process within a timely manner.  Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that the long delay in carrying out executions constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.  Over 900 have been sentenced to death in California during the past 35 years.  A total of 13 executions have occurred within the same time frame.


Earlier this year, the state of Maryland abolished the death penalty.  The bill did not specify what should happen to the four remaining men on death row in the state.  The Maryland Attorney General  has now stated that the state cannot carry out the executions because they cannot develop new regulations on how to perform executions.  Lawyers for at least one of the men are asking that he be removed from the isolation of death row and have his sentences officially commuted to life without parole.


In 1984, the state of Massachusetts abolished the death penalty.  Now, 30 years later, the state is preparing for two death penalty trials.  The first is for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man who allegedly left pressure cooker bombs in a duffle bag at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year.  The second is  a re-trial for Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter who confessed to killing two men in Massachusetts and a third in New Hampshire.  Both men are being prosecuted under federal law, which makes them eligible for the death penalty.  Sampson was the first defendant federally sentenced to death in Massachusetts after Massachusetts abolished their death penalty.