July 31, 2015

IDPN 2015  Issue 31


Australia: The Labor party has formally condemned Indonesia for the execution of Bali 9 members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.  The party is also supporting a push for global moratorium on the death penalty.  



India: Yakub Memon was executed by hanging on Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Yakub was considered the mastermind behind a series of boomings in Mumbai in 1993, that resulted in the deaths of 257 individuals and left over 700 individuals injured.  Yakub is the fourth person to be executed in the nation since 2000.



Iran: On Saturday, July 25, 2015, three men, identified by initials only, were executed by hanging at Ilam Central Prison.  The three were executed for kidnapping and raping a woman.


On Sunday, July 26, 2015, two men were executed by hanging in the main prison of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.  The names of the men were not reported, nor were their crimes.


On Monday, July 27, 2015, two men, Saeid Ganji and Firouz Nouri Majd, were executed by hanging at Qezelhesar Prison in Karaj.  Also executed on Monday, at the Karaj mention center, were nine other men: Omid Mohammadi-Dara, Mostafa Ghafarzadeh, Omidreza Karampour, Shahriar Hassan-Zadeh, Hossein Afghan, Yereh Hassan-Zadeh, Sasan Salari, Meysam Hosseini-Nejad, and Amanollah Baluch-Zehi.  The crimes for which all the men were executed were not reported.


On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, four unnamed prisoners were executed by hanging at Ghezel Hesar Prison.  The four prisoners were executed for drug related charges.



Iraq: A man, accused of being gay, has been killed, according to photographs released by the Islamic State.  The man was killed before a crowd of hundreds by being thrown off a building in Mosul.  The photographs show several children in attendance to watch.



Kuwait: Four Egyptians have been sentenced to death for the murder of a Pakistani guard at a construction site.  The men, who confessed to the crime, used a hammer to kill the guard and stole 36 tons of steel to sell on the black market.



Libya: Saif al-Islam, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death, along with eight other former officials, including the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and ex-prime minister Baghadadi al-Mahmoudi.  Additionally, eight other former officials were given life sentences, seven were given 12 year jail sentences, four were acquitted and the remainder of the 37 former officials that were tried received jail sentences less than 12 years.



Saudi Arabia: On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Saif al-Hadissane was executed by beheading for smuggling a large amount of hashish.  He is the second individual to be executed following a five week break for Ramadan.  


On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, three men, Turki al-Diaini, Sharie al-Jineibi, and Mansour al-Roali, were executed by beheading.  Turki was executed in Riyadh for the murder of another national.  Sharie was executed in the southwestern Asir region for murder.  Monsieur was executed in the northwestern region of Jawf for trafficking amphetamines.



Syria: The Islamic State has released another video showing two men being thrown off a building and then stoned to death.  The two men were accused of having a homosexual affair.  The event took place in public.  In recent videos, the Islamic State has threatened to come to Rome.



Pakistan: On Monday, July 27, 2015, Farooq and Karim Nawaz were executed by having in Multan.  Each was separately convicted of murder in 1998, and 1999, respectively.  


On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Akhtar Hussain and Karim were executed by hanging at Attock District Jail and Multan Central Jail.  Akhtar was executed for the murder of Saeed, which occurred in 1999, while Karim was executed for the murder of a woman during a 2003 robbery.


On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, seven individuals were executed in various prisons.  In Attock jail, double murder convict Muhammad Safdar and father/son duo Usman and Aftab were hanged.  The father and son were executed for the murder of a man in 1998, over a monetary dispute.  Ahmad Din was executed in Jhang District Jail for the murder of a school teacher.  In Multan Central Jail, Nayyar Abbas was executed for killing a man over a personal feud in 1996.  In Sargodha district jail, Mohammad Nawaz was executed for killing a relative over a 13-year-old land dispute.  At Gujrat district jail, Gulfam was executed for the murder of a man in 2001.


On Thursday, July 30, 2015, four inmates were executed by hanging.  In Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, Jahandad Khan and Muhammed Arshad were each executed for separate murders in 2002.  In Sargodha’s District Jail, Muhammed Tariq was executed for killing a man in 2000.  In Bahawalpur’s Central Jail, Israr was executed for killing a youth over a land dispute in 2002.


On Friday, July 31, 2015, Nadeem Shahzad, Samar Jan, and Riaz were executed by hanging at Kot Lakhpat Jail.  Nadeem and Samar were executed for kidnapping and murdering a boy in 1998.  Riaz was executed for a 2005, double murder.  Also on Friday, Mohammad Ashram and Zafar Iqbal were executed by hanging in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.  They were executed for murdering two people in 2002.



United States of America: Lawmakers in North Carolina have passed a bill which would fully exempt executions from the public rule-making process.  This would allow officials to more easily find and obtain execution drugs, as the state would be prohibited from disclosing where the drugs were manufactured.  The bill is now headed to North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy for approval.  If signed, it is thought that the bill could restart executions in the state.  The last execution in North Carolina occurred in 2006.


Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States narrowly voted to uphold the use of midazolam in executions, two justices, in a dissenting opinion, stated that they believed the death penalty itself was unconstitutional.  Many called it an invitation for death row inmates to challenge the constitutionality of the death penalty.  Now, Richard Glossip of Oklahoma, and two others in Oklahoma, have done just that.  These three inmates, who were all part of the most recent challenge, were given new execution dates shortly after the Supreme Court ruling.  Now all three are petitioning the Supreme Court to rehear their case, arguing that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional due to lengthy delays, arbitrariness, and dehumanization.