December 12, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 50


China:In May of 2014, 39 individuals were killed during an attack on a market in Xinjiang province.  Two cars were driven into the crowd of shoppers and bombs were thrown from the vehicles.  Six people have been sentenced to death in relation to that attack.  Additionally, two people have been sentenced to death for an attack at a railway station in April of 2014.


The head of a state-owned company, Xi Jinping has been sentenced to death for corruption involving over $64 million.  It is rare in China for corrupt officials to be given death sentences.



Egypt:On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Cairo Criminal Court confirmed the death sentences against seven individuals for the execution-style killing of approximately 25 soldiers in August of 2013.  Three other individuals were sentenced to life in prison, while 22 others received 15 year sentences.



India:On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Indian Supreme Court extended the stay of execution of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, who was sentenced to death for the 1993 serial blast in Mumbai.  He is appealing his death sentence.



Indonesia:New president, Joko Widodo, had previously promised to take a hard line on drug offenders.  More recently, President Widodo has said that he will not issue any pardons for drug convicts on death row.  This means that the two Bali Nine members still on death row, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, will likely not be granted the clemency they applied for two years ago, under Widodo’s predecessor.


Twenty-six-year-old Alexandra Magnaeva, a Russian, was arrested for attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the country.  After the drugs were discovered, Alexandra confessed to previously smuggling drugs.  Alexandra could face the death penalty if convicted.


Iran:On Sunday, December 7, 2014, four unidentified prisoners were executed at the Central Prison in Zahedan in southeastern Iran.  The crimes of the prisoners were not reported.


A woman, identified by initials only, was executed by hanging on Thursday, December 10, 2014.  She was hanged in the prison of Qazvin in western Iran.  She was executed for trafficking drugs.



Iraq: The Islamic State is reported to have thrown a man off a building and then stone him to death, allegedly for being gay.  The execution took place in norther Iraq, which is currently controlled by the Islamic State.



Madagascar: The National Assembly of Madagascar has adopted a bill which abolishes the death penalty on December 10, 2014.  The day is also World Human Rights Day.  Madagascar is the 18th member state of the African Union to abolish the death penalty.



Saudi Arabia:Nasser Bin Amiq Ali al-Inzi was executed by beheading on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.  Nasser was executed for attempting to smuggle amphetamines into the country.


Also on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Khadija bint Mohammed Isa was executed by beheading.  Khadija was executed for killing three-year-old Albjazi bint Mohammed bin Fahd al Harbi while she was sleeping.  It has been reported that Khadija was a maid although that has not been confirmed.  Nor has it been confirmed what led to the murder.



United States of America:On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Robert Holsey was executed by the state of Georgia, after numerous last-minute appeals.  Robert was executed for the murder of deputy sheriff William Robinson after robbing a convenience store.  Read his full story here.


On Wednesday morning, December 10, 2014, Paul Goodwin was executed by the state of Missouri.  Paul was executed for the sexual assault and murder of Joan Crotts on March 1, 1998, in St. Louis County, Missouri.  Read his full story here.


Ed Zagorski, a Tennessee death row inmate was scheduled to be on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.  His execution was stayed by the Tennessee Supreme Court due to a lawsuit against the state’s execution protocol.  Read the story here.


Michael Lee Elliot, a death row inmate in California, died on Monday, December 8, 2014.  He was 55 years of age.  Michael was sentenced to death for the murder of Sherri Gandy, a part-time bartender, in June of 1994.  Michael has been on death row since 1996.  Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Sherri.  Please pray for the family of Michael.


There are currently no inmates on death row in Wyoming, however, a Senate Judiciary Committee plans to introduce a bill in the state’s legislature early next year which would allow the state to use a firing squad for execution.  Currently the state’s primary method is lethal injection, with the gas chamber as a back up method.  This bill would replace the gas chamber, which is broken, with the firing squad.


Debra Jean Milke spent 22 years on death row for the murder of her son, 4-year-old Christopher.  The Arizona Court of Appeals has now dismissed her murder charge due to prosecutorial misconduct.  Additionally, they have ruled that she cannot be recharged due to double jeopardy.  The state can appeal the decision.  Debra is currently out of bail.  Read the full story here.



Vietnam: On Thursday, December 4, 2014, a man, 35-year-old Truong Que Lam, was sentenced to death for raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in 2012.  Truong was also ordered to pay compensation to the victim’s family.  After the victim’s body was found, Truong attempted to commit suicide, however he was found by neighbors.  He was arrest so after.