January 23, 2015

IDPN 2015  Issue 04


Indonesia: On Saturday, January 17, 2015, a Brazilian, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira became the first man executed in Indonesia in 2015.  He was 53 years of age and was executed on drug related charges.  His execution, the first of a Brazilian abroad, occurred over protests from the Brazilian government and warning that carrying out the execution would damage relations between the two countries.  Following the execution, Brazil recalled their ambassador.


On Sunday, January 18, 2015, five inmates - Ang Kim Soei from the Netherlands, Daniel Enemuo and Namaona Denis from Nigeria, Rani Andriani alias Melisa Aprilia from Indonesia, and Tran Thi Bich Hanh from Vietnam - were executed.  All were convicted on drug related charges and were executed by a firing squad.  Following the execution of Ang Kiem Soe, a Dutch national, the Netherlands recalled their ambassador.



Iran: On Saturday, January 17, 2015, two prisoners, identified by initials only, were publicly executed in Shiraz in southern Iran.  Several children were among the spectators.  Both male prisoners were executed for the rape of a woman.


On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, three prisoners identified as Hamed, Siyavash, and Ali were publicly executed by hanging in Bonab in northwestern Iran.  The three were convicted of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in October of last year.



Pakistan:On Saturday, January 17, 2015, Pakistan executed its 19th inmates since ending the 6-year moratorium on executions.  The nation resumed executions in the wake of a devastating school massacre in December of 2014.  Ikramul Haq was sentenced to death in 2004 for killing a Shiite Muslim.  The victims family had agreed to pardon Ikramul, but the pardon was rejected by the courts.  According to his lawyer, he was appealing that rejection when he was executed.


A member of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan received the death penalty for his part in the 2010 bomb-and-gun attack in which 28 people were killed and over 100 injured.



Saudi Arabia:On Friday, January 16, 2015, a Saudi citizen, Maurdi al-Shakra was executed by beheading.  He was executed for murdering a compatriot with a machine gun.  His was the 10th execution carried out this year.


On Monday, January 19, 2015, Yassir Arafat Munir Ahmed was executed in Mecca for smuggling heroin.  He confessed to the crime.


On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Mansour Bin Awad bin Ziniengih Al Jabri was executed by beheading.  He was convicted of murdering another Saudi during a family dispute.



United States of America: On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Arnold Preito was executed by the state of Texas.  The execution was carried out shortly after 6 pm CST, in the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Arnold was executed for the murder of 72-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez, his wife 62-year-old Virginia, and 90-year-old family friend Paula Moran on September 11, 1993, in San Antonio, Texas.  Read the full story here.


Jury selection has begun on two high-profile mass-murder cases, both of which could result in the death penalty.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013, which resulted in the death of three, including a child.  Over 260 others were injured, with many losing limbs.  He will be tried federally.  In Colorado, James Homes is charged with a mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora on July 20, 2012.  Twelve people were killed during the shooting and 70 others were injured.  Jury selection for each trial is expected to take months, as thousands of people have been called.


Martin O’Malley the governor of Maryland has officially commuted the death sentences of Vernon Evans, Anthony Grandison, Jody Lee Miles, and Heath Burch to life in prison.  Each inmate is to “serve the remainder of his natural life in prison,” according to the commutation orders.



Vietnam:Eight individuals have been sentenced to death and five others sentenced to life in prison for their participation in a heroin smuggling ring.  One of the condemned sentenced to death is a woman.  Seventeen others were given varying prison sentences.  The drug ring was busted in June of 2011.