December 19, 2014

IDPN 2014  Issue 51


China:  Eighteen years ago, 18-year-old Huugjilt was executed for the rape and murder of a young women.  Huugjilt went on to report the crime to police after hearing the women cry out for help.  He was eventually arrested and convicted of the crime.  In recent years, another man has come forward and confessed to the crime, causing an investigation into the case to be re-opened.  Huugjilt has recently been cleared of all charges.  The police officer, now a deputy police chief, who was in charge of the investigation of Huugjilt has recently been arrested and charged with torture to coerce confession, dereliction of duty, and taking bribes.



Iran: In Rajaishahr Prison of Karaj, which is west of Tehran, three prisoners were executed by hanging on Thursday, December 11, 2014.  Two of the condemned were convicted of raping and sexually abusing two young boys.  The third inmate, an Afghan national, was convicted of murder.



Iraq: One hundred fifty women have been executed by the Islamic State after they refused to marry its members.  The attack occurred near Fallujah and the victims, including pregnant women, were buried in a mass grave.



Malaysia: A 51-year-old woman from Australia, could face the death penalty after she was arrested for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine.



Pakistan: The Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has lifted the moratorium on executions in the nation following the attack on a school in Peshawar, which killed 141 individuals, mainly students.  The death penalty will resume for terrorism-related cases and “heinous crimes.”  Pakistan has had a moratorium on the death penalty for the past two years.



Saint Lucia: The government of Saint Lucia has refused to abolish the death penalty in order to receive assistance from the United Kingdom in solving crimes.  The last execution on the island was by hanging in 1995.



Saudi Arabia: On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Mohammad Fayad Mohammad Azam, a Pakistani national, was executed by beheading.  He was convicted of smuggling heroin into the country.


On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, two Saudi nations were executed by beheading.  Abdulrahman bin Bakheit al-Lugmani had been convicted of smuggling amphetamines and was executed in Mecca.  Mehdi al-Mahmoud was convicted of killing another man after they had a dispute.  With their executions, the total number of executions for the year in Saudi Arabia is 82.  Last year, the nation executed a total of 78 individuals.


On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Mohammed Gafour Hashim Khan was executed by beheading.  Mohammed, a Pakistani national, was executed for smuggling “a large amount” of heroin into the country.  



Syria: Four unnamed men have been beheaded by the Islamic State on Saturday, December 13, 2014.  The men were killed after being accused of blasphemy.  The day before, a man and woman were stoned to death for adultery.  The killing took place after prayers.



United States of America: State District Judge Darlene Byrne has order the state of Texas to release the name of the compounding pharmacy that supplies the lethal injection drugs for executions.  Texas plans to appeal the decision, which means the name of the pharmacy will not be released any time soon.  In 2013, Texas released the name of the compounding pharmacy who, at the time, had made their latest batch of execution drugs, however, following  “threat assessment,” it was determined that compounding pharmacies face a threat significant enough to keep their names from the public.


David Brown, member of the “Angola 5,” a group of five prisoners sentenced to life in prison at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana who killed a prison guard during a failed escape attempt, has had his death sentence overturned by Judge Jerome Winsberg.  David’s death sentence was overturned after it was discovered that the prosecution withheld evidence, specifically a confession by another of the accused killers.  David has been given a new sentencing hearing.


Seventy years ago, 14-year-old George Stinney, who was black, was executed after being convicted of murdering two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina. His trial, conviction, and exeution, all occurred in less than one year.  His lawyer failed to present any witnesses and performed no cross-examination during the case.  Judge Carmen Mullen has now vacated the conviction against George.