June 10, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 24


Bangladesh: On May 27, 2016, Abdul Malek, a drug dealer, hacked to death 14-year-old Konika Rani.  Three others, 15-year-old Tarin Afoz, 14-year-old Tanzima Khatun, and 14-year-old Moriom Akhtar, were injured in the attack.  They are still undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.  Now, various women’s groups are demanding that Abdul receive a quick trial and death sentence.


Sixty-four-year-old Mir Quasem Ali, a member of Jamaat-e-Islami, has been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.  Prior to his arrest, Ali owned several businesses and was a media tycoon.



China: The Supreme People’s Court has ordered a retrial of Nie Shubin, who was executed 21 years ago.  His execution was carried in April of 1995, after he was convicted of raping and killing a women in a cornfield.  In December of 2014, the Supreme People’s Court was asked to conduct a review of the case, during which they determined that there had not been enough evidence to convict Nie and a retrial was ordered.



India: The death penalty has been sought for 24 Hindus who have been convicted of partaking in the Gujarat Massacre in 2002.  During the Gujarat Massacre, 69 muslims were hacked and burnt to death as they sought shelter inside a residential complex.  During the week-long violence, over 1,000 individuals were killed.  The courts ruled that the only reason these individuals were killed was because they belonged to a minority community.



Iran: On Friday, June 3, 2016, a man, Amir Q., and an unidentified woman, were executed by hanging at a prison in Qazvin.  Neither of their crimes were reported.  In just under two months, at least 120 individuals have been executed.


On Sunday, June 5, 2016, two prisoners were executed by public hanging in Shiraz, in southern Iran.  According to reports, dozens of individuals, including children, gathered to watch.  One of the men, 28-year-old Mojtaba G., was executed for “committing an act of rape before attempting murder.”  The other man, 22-year-old Amin D., was executed for raping dozens of women by breaking into their homes during the pre-dawn hours.


On Monday, June 6, 2016, three unnamed men were executed by hanging in the central prison of Mashhad.  Their crimes were not reported.  Also on Monday, two unnamed Afghan nationals were executed by hanging in Tehran.  Their crimes were also not reported.



Iraq:  After several senior figures of the Islamic State were killed in precision drone attacks, the terrorist organization killed approximately 38 of its members, all suspected of being informants.  They were killed by being dunked into acid.



Kenya: The government is looking to abolish the death penalty by 2019.  Before doing so, the government plans to amend the penal code, educate the public about why the death penalty needs eliminated, and conduct surveys to gage the public’s response.



Pakistan: On Monday, June 6, 2016, Muhammad Bashir was executed by hanging at Central Jail Multan.  He was convicted of murdering the wife of his deceased brother, as well as their two children.  The two were having a dispute about property.



Philippines:  President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who has announced that he plans to reinstate the death penalty, is now encouraging citizens to fight back against drug dealers.  He is encouraging citizens to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest, stating “shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”  Duterte also warned corrupt journalists that they could be targets of assassination.  He also promised that those who do no wrong will not be harmed, but warned that constitution protection for freedom of speech does not protect a person, or a journalist, from defamation.


A few days after president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who will take office at the end of the month, advocated for the use of deadly force by civilians against those who are suspected of being involved in crime, especially drugs, five men have been killed.  All five were suspected of being involved in crimes and most had previously been in prison.


Anticipating the reinstatement of capitol punishment, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has outlined his plan of executing 50 inmates a month.  Duterte believes that swift and massive executions will deter crime.



Thailand:  Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is advocating for the use of capital punishment for rapists, noting that other countries do so.  He also believes that serious crime offenders should have larger punishments and fines.



United States of America: For 40 years, 60-year-old Kerry Max Cook has insisted that he was innocent of the rape and murder of 22-year-old Linda Jo Edwards, which occurred in 1977.  Kerry, however, was convicted in 1978, and sentenced to death.  In 1996, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his conviction due to prosecutorial misconduct.  In 1999, Kerry was released from prison, but Kerry wanted more.  He wanted his name cleared.  On Monday, June 6, 2016, Kerry’s name was finally cleared and he was exonerated.  Kerry is still seeking monetary reimbursement for the time he spent in prison.