January 22, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 04


Iran:  On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, a prisoner, who was not named, was executed by hanging in southern Iran, at Shiraz’s Adelabad prison.  He was convicted of murder and may have been under the age of 18 when he was arrested and convicted.


On Saturday, January 16, 2016, a total of four prisoners were executed by hanging.  The four prisoners, identified by ages and initials, were executed at Lakan, Rasht’s central prison.  Three of them were convicted on drug related charges, while the fourth was convicted of rape. 



Iraq:  In Rawa, an Iraqi city held by the Islamic State terrorist group a man was killed by being thrown off a building.  The unnamed man was accused of being a homosexual.



Pakistan: On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Sajid was executed by hanging in District Jail Sialkot.  Sajid was convicted of murdering another individuals in Gujranwala in 2003.  After his execution, his body was given to family members.


On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, three inmates were executed by hanging.  Sultan was executed at the District Jail in Attock for the 2007 murder of his wife over a family dispute.  Ghulam Gilani was executed the Mianwali District Jail for the double murder of two of his nephews following a family dispute in 2004.  Allah Ditta was executed at District Jail Jhant for the 1999 murder of his friend after the two had a small dispute.


On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Anwar Khan and Hakim were executed by hanging.  Anwar was executed at the Central Jail in Sahiwal.  He was convicted of a double murder in 1993, following a land dispute.  Hakim was executed at the District Jail in Jhelum.  He was executed for the 2004 murder of his.  The two had a family dispute prior to her murder.


On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Muhammad Akram was executed by hanging at Sahiwal Central Jail.  Muhammad was executed for the murder of Tufail, with whom he had a land dispute in 1999.



United States of America:  On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Richard Masterson was executed by the state of Texas.  He was 43 years of age and pronounced dead at 6:53 pm CST.  He was executed for the murder of Darin Shane Honeycutt, which occurred on February 9, 2001, in Harris County, Texas.  Click here to read more about Richard and his case.


On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Christopher Brooks was executed by the state of Alabama.  Christopher was 43 years of age and pronounced dead at 6:38 pm CST.  He was executed for the murder of Jo Deanne Campbell, which occurred on December 31, 1992, in Homewood, Alabama. Read more about the case here.


On Friday, January 15, 2016, a judge rejected a request from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for a retrial.  Dzhokhar, convicted of participating in the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013, which resulted in three deaths and over 260 injured, attempted to argue that he was unable to receive a fair trial due to the publicity in the case.  US District Judge George O’Toole, in rejecting the request, noted that the issues raised had been resolved prior to his trial.  The 22-year-old has been sentenced to death, although it will be years before his execution is carried out, if at all.  Only three federal death row inmates have been executed since 1998.


On Friday, January 15, 2016, former Delaware death row inmate Jermaine Wright turned himself back into police custody.  In 1992, Jermaine was convicted of the murder of 66-year-old Phillip Seifert, during the robbery Hi-Way Inn.  No evidence linked him to the crime until police received an anonymous tip.  Jermaine was arrested in connection to two unrelated shootings.  While in police custody, and allegedly high on cocaine, he gave a videotaped confession regarding Phillip’s murder.  His confession was key to his conviction.  Last year, Jermaine was freed when the Supreme Court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.  His attorneys argued that the taped confession should not be admissible at his new trial, as he had not properly been informed of his Miranda rights prior to his confession.  A District Court agreed with Jermaine’s lawyers and ordered that the confession could not be used.  Now the Delaware Supreme Court has overturned that ruling, allowing the state to use his confession during the retrial.


While Arizona currently possess several vials of the necessary drugs to carry out executions, one of the drugs, midazolam, will expire in May of this year.  Arizona placed a brief moratorium on executions following the prolonged execution of Joseph Wood, which took nearly two hours.  Currently, Arizona’s ability to carry out lethal injections is hindered by appeals.  Arizona is attempting to speed up these lawsuits in order to use the drugs before they expire.


Ronald Phillips, a death row inmate in Ohio, had previously been granted a stay of execution in order to allow him to donate a kidney to his ailing mother.  When Ronald failed to meet the deadline given to him by the state, his execution was rescheduled.  Multiple appeals against Ohio lethal injection procedure has also delayed Ronald’s execution over past several years.  Now, it has been reported that Ronald’s mother had died.  Ronald will not be allowed to attend her funeral as death row inmates are not eligible for funeral visits.


Derrick Todd Lee, a death row inmate in Louisiana, died on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at a local hospital.  The cause of death has not yet been determined, although an autopsy is scheduled.  Derrick was 47 years of age.  He had been convicted and sentenced to death for the May 2002 murder of 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace.  He was also linked to five other murders from 1998 to 2003, along with an attempted murder.