July 22, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 30


Bangladesh: Eight individuals accused of committing war crimes during the 1971 liberation war with Pakistan, have been convicted and sentenced.  Three of the Islamists were given death sentences, while the remaining five are to be jailed until death.  They were tried before an International Crimes Tribunal.  Only two were present for the trial; the other six were tried in absentia.



Indonesia: The Attorney General’s Office has announced that they are waiting for the Supreme Court to rule before setting the date for the next round of executions.  The Supreme Court is reviewing a case by multiple death row inmates.  So far, President Joko Widodo’s administration has carried out two rounds of executions in the last year, which has resulted in the execution of 14 death row inmates.



Iran: On Saturday, July 16, 2016, two unnamed men were executed by hanging in Lakan Prison in Rasht, in northern Iran.  The men, ages 40 and 49, were executed for drug related charges.


On Sunday, July 17, 2016, 11 individuals were executed by hanging in Qezelhesar Prison in Karaj.  Two of the prisoners were identified as Saeed Saberi and Moslem Bahrami and at least one of those executed was a woman.  All were executed on drug related charges.


Also, on Sunday, July 17, 2016, two men, identified by initials only, were publicly executed by hanging in public square in the city of Karaj.  They were executed for rape.  Another three men, Mansour Zafarani, Yousef Barahoui, and Qassem Delshad, were executed in the city of Birjand, all for drug related charges. 


On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, ten prisoners were executed by hanging in Rajai Shahr Prison in northern Iran.  All were executed for unrelated murder charges.  Four of the prisoners have been identified as Mohsen Babaie, Mehdi Keshavarz, Reza Teymouri, and Mohsen Khanmohammadi.  



Japan:  Twenty-seven-year-old Kazuya Tsuchiya has been sentenced to death for the murder of 81-year-old Tanekichi Kawaura and 93-year-old Yoshie Kojima.  Yoshie was killed in November of 2014, while Tanekichi was killed on December 16, 2014.  Kazuya broke into each of their homes and robbed them after killing them.


Thirty-one-year-old Gota Tsutsui has had his death sentence upheld for murdering 56-year-old Mitsuko Yamashita and her mother, 77-year-old Hisae Yamashita on December 16, 2011, outside their home in Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture.  Mitsuko was the mother of Gota’s former girlfriend.  Gota had previously threatened, by e-mail, to kill the women if they interfered with his attempts to renew their relationship.



Kenya:  A street salesman, Peter Kinyua Mwangi, has been sentenced to death after being convicted of killing his girlfriend’s infant child.  Peter was not the father of the child and began dating the mother three months before the child was born.  On April 22, 2009, Peter first strangled the infant, then hit it, before dumping the baby into a pit latrine.  The infant did not survive.   


Palestine: In the Hamas controlled region of the Gaza strip, three local residents have been convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced to death.  Hamas operates outside of the Palestinian government, which it does not recognize.  Palestine issued a moratorium on executions in 2005.  



Saudi Arabia:  On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the kingdom carried out its first execution since the end of the holy holiday Ramadan.  Fahd al-Hasni, a Saudi national, was executed in Mecca for the murder of a fellow national.  Most executions are carried out by beheading.  He was the 96th individuals executed so far this year in the kingdom.


On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, two men, Mohammed Mokhtar from Pakistan and Ali Assiri from Saudi Arabia, were executed in Riyadh.  Mohammed was executed for trafficking heroin, while Ali was executed for murdering a fellow tribesman.


Hassan bin Mubarak al-Amri was executed on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  Although not stated, the execution was likely carried out by beheading with a sword.  Hassan was executed for the murder of fellow national Jahran al-Issa.  The execution was carried out in Qunfudah, in the southwestern, coastal part of the kingdom.  A second, unnamed man was also executed for murder on Thursday.


On Friday, July 22, 2016, the kingdom carried out its 101st execution of the year.  Fahd Abdulahdi was executed for the murder of Mubarak bin Mohammad al-Dusari.  Fahd was executed in the region of Riyadh, likely by beheading.



Turkey: After a failed military coup, resulting in the death of over 100 individuals, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering reinstating the death penalty in the nation.  He has also announced that if parliament votes for the reinstatement of the death penalty, he will support it.  Turkey in its attempts to join the European Union, abolished the death penalty in 2004.  Reinstating the death penalty would effectively keep Turkey from joining.  Over 6,000 individuals have been arrested, with more arrests expected.  The public is calling for the execution of those responsible for leading the failed coup.  



United States of America:  Justin Wolfe, a former death row inmate in Virginia has been resentenced.  Justin was originally sentenced to death in 2002 for arranging the murder of Daniel Robert Petrole.  Justin was later granted a new trial and resentenced to 41 years in prison, but will serve just 26 years, with 15 years credited for time already served.  To read more about Justin and his case, click here.