August 14, 2015

IDPN 2015  Issue 33


Indonesia: Thirty-seven-year-old Amiruddin, alias Aco, has been sentenced to death for the possession of crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy, along with selling and distributing the drugs.



Iran:On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, three prisoners were executed by hanging at the prison in Rafsanjan, in central Iran.  The crimes of the prisoners were not reported.


Two prisoners, identified by initials only, were executed by hanging on Thursday, August 6, 2015, in Mashhad Central Prison.  They were executed for moharebeh or waging war against God.  One was accused of armed robbery, destroying government property, and intentionally injuring a security agent.  The other was accused of eight counts of robbery, destroying government property, blackmail, car theft, intentionally injuring a security agent, drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs, and illegally crossing Iran’s border.


On Sunday, August 9, 2015, Sirvan Nezhavi, a Kurdish political prisoner, was executed by hanging in Tabriz in northwest Iran.  He was executed for moharebeh, or waging war against God, for his membership in a Kurdish group which opposes the Iranian regime.  Sirvan was sentenced to death in April of 2012.


Also on Sunday, August 9, 2015, two young men, identified by initials only, were publicly executed in Mashhad, in north eastern Iran.  They were executed for kidnapping and rape.


On Monday, August 10, 2015, 39-year-old Fatemeh Haddadi was executed by hanging in Karaj.  The reason for her execution was not reported, although her cellmates were told that officials were taking her to the infirmary.  Unconfirmed reports indicate that nine other men were executed along side Fatemeh. 


On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, three prisoners were executed by hanging in the prison of Rajaishahr in Karaj.  None of the inmates were identified by name.  All were convicted of manufacturing homemade synthetic narcotic drugs.



North Korea:Sixty-three-year-old Choe Yong Gon, a former delegate for North-South cooperation and vice-premier, was executed by firing squad.  Allegedly, he was executed for disagreeing with the forestation policy of Kim Jong Un, leader of the nation.



Pakistan:Six “hardcore terrorists” who were involved in the deadly attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December of 2014, have been sentenced to death.  The school attack killed nearly 150 students, most of whom were students.  It also led to the resumption of executions in the nation.  The six, members of the Pakistani Taliban, were sentenced by a military court.



Saudi Arabia:On Monday, August 10, 2015, Saleh Al Zahrani was executed by beheading.  Saleh, a Saudi national, was convicted of murdering a relative.  



United States of America: On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Daniel Lee Lopez was executed by the state of Texas.  Twenty-seven-year-old Daniel was executed for the murder of veteran police officer Stuart Alexander.  Daniel asked that his appeals be halted and his execution allowed to proceed.  Read Daniel’s full story here.


Tracy Beatty was scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas on Thursday, August 13, 2015.  His execution has been stayed in order to allow time for additional DNA testing of evidence.  Tracy was sentenced to death for the murder of his 62-year-old mother, Carolyn Ruth Clark.  Read Tracy’s full story here.


It has been 10 years since the state of Arkansas has executed an inmate.  That may soon change.  Arkansas has recently spent $24,000 to purchase execution drugs, three drugs including midazolam, which was recently approved by the Supreme Court of the United States.  Eight of the 34 inmates on Arkansas’ death row have reportedly exhausted all their appeals.  Governor Asa Hutchinson expects that he will soon be asked to begin scheduling executions.  


In 2012, Connecticut lawmakers controversially outlawed executions in the state.  Included in the bill abolishing the death penalty was a clause, specifically added, preventing those on death row from having their sentences commuted, alluding to the possibility that they would still be executed.  This argument helped win several votes for abolishing the death penalty.  Now, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that it would be cruel and unusual punishment to execute those 11 inmates, when individuals who commit similar crimes would no longer be sentenced to death.  Therefore, the Connecticut Supreme Court has commuted the death sentences of the 11 inmates on death row to life in prison.


Pat McCrory, the governor of North Carolina has signed into a law a bill which limits the public disclosure of information regarding the individuals and companies that make, supply, or administer the drugs used in lethal injections in the state.  Additionally, the bill eliminates the requirement for a physician to be present during executions.