November 20, 2015

IDPN 2015  Issue 47


Bahrain: On February 14, 2014, on-duty police officer Abdul Wahid Sayid Mohammad Faqeer was killed by two men using an improvised explosive device (IED).  Several other police officers were injured in the explosion.  Ten additional men were also convicted for their part in the crime and received various prison sentences.



China: Fifty-year-old Gao Yulun and 35-year-old Wang Damin have been sentenced to death for violently breaking out of jail and killing a guard on September 2, 2014.  A third man, 29-year-old Li Haiwei, was also part of the jail break.  He was sentenced to life in prison.  The three men were captured shortly after their arrest.



Indonesia: Two men were sentenced to death for running a worldwide drug syndicate which smuggle nearly a ton of methamphetamine into the nation.  Seven others received lighter sentences.  Indonesian President Joko Widodo has taken a harsh stance against drug smugglers during his presidency, executing a total of 14 individuals, 12 of whom were foreigners.



Iran:  On Sunday, November 8, 2015, four prisoners were executed by hanging at Karaj Central Prison.  Kambia Shahbazi, Iraj Tizmaghz, Mehdi Aflaki, and Cyrus Cheshmeh, were all executed on drug related charges.


On Thursday, November 12, 2015, four inmates, including a woman, were executed by hanging at Tabriz Central Prison.  They have been identified as Mohammad Ali Zamani, Jafar Aziz, Mohammad Panahvand, and Hagar Safari.  They were all executed on drug related charges.


On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Younes Jamaloldini, a Pakistani national, was executed by hanged at Zahedan Central Prison.  He was approximately 35 years of age and executed on drug related charges.  


On Monday, November 16, 2015, Saeed Rahimi was executed by hanging at Tabriz Central Prison.  He was executed for murder.


Between January and mid-September of 2015, it is estimated that at lest 694 individuals, including women and juveniles, have been executed in the country.  That is the highest execution rate for the nation within the last 25 years.  It is suspected that the actual number of executions is higher, as the government does not report on all executions to the media.  According to the United Nations, the Islamic Republic of Iran “executes more individuals per capita than any other country in the world.”  They also reported that the total number of executions every year have been rising since 2005.



Iraq: In Anbar, members of the Islamic State have executed a man by beheading for “insulting Allah.”  The name of the man was not reported, although a professional video was released of the execution.  It has also been reported that over the last week, at least 70 members of a Sunni tribe have been executed.



Maldives: In the proposed budget for the following year, money has been set aside to fund the building of an execution chamber.  Last year, the nation, adopted lethal injection as its execution protocol.  There are currently 10 individuals on death row in the nation, none of whom have exhausted their appeals.



United States of America: On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Raphael Holiday was executed by the state of Texas.  He was pronounced dead at 8:30 pm CST, after delays, including a stay of execution, prevented his execution from beginning on time.  The last-minute stay of execution was overturned by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, allowing his execution to be carried out.  Raphael was 36 years of age.  Read more about Raphael here.


On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Marcus Ray Johnson was executed by the state of Georgia.  Marcus was pronounced dead at 10:11 p, EST, after appeals delayed his execution for several hours.  He was executed for the murder of 34-year-old Angela Sizemore on March 24, 1994, in Albany, Georgia.  Marcus was 50 years of age.  Read more about Marcus here.


Jay Inslee, governor of the state of Washington, placed a hold on executions last year, for as long as he is in office.  State prosecutors are now asking lawmakers to place a death penalty referendum on the ballot during the next election, saying the people should be given a voice on how the state should proceed with capital punishment.  Nebraska, which will have such a measure on their ballot next year, is used as an example that should be followed.  There are currently nine men on death row in the state, with the last execution being carried out in 2010.