July 29, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 31


Indonesia:  Despite international protests, and requests to halt by foreign governments, Indonesia continues to move forward with its plan to carry out another round of executions.  In preparation for these executions, foreign embassies have been notified of the pending execution of their citizen(s) and inmates have been moved to isolation cells.


On Friday, July 29, 2016, shortly after midnight, another round of executions was carried out by the government.  Despite reports that 14 individuals were to be executed, only four had their executions carried out: Freddy Budiman from Indonesia, Seck Osmane from Senegal, Michael Titus Igweh from Nigeria, and Humphrey Jefferson from Indonesia.  All were executed on drug related charges.  It is not clear why the other executions were halted.



Iran: On Saturday, July 23, 2016, three prisoners, identified by initials and age only, were executed by hanging at Central Prison of Rasht in northern Iran.  One was executed for murder, while the other two were convicted on drug related charges.


On Monday, July 25, 2016, an unidentified prisoner was executed by hanging in public in Sonqor County in northwestern Iran.  Allegedly the man was convicted of murdering a child.


According reports by the Iran Human Rights group, at least 250 individuals have been executed so far this year.  While this averages out to more than one execution a day for the year, it is far less than 2015, in which the nation executed over 700 individuals in the same time period.


On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, a total of seven men were executed by hanging.  Six of the men - Rahman Fouladi, Abdolmajid Herkuli, Abdullah Qaderi, Changiz Shiri, Mojtaba Shirkhani, and Ali Talati - were hanged at the central prison in the city of Orumieh.  The six men were convicted of drug related offenses.  The seventh man, 32-year-old Reza Sabzevari, was executed in Mashhad.  His crime was not reported.



Iraq: In Kirkuk, which is held by the Islamic State, an unnamed man was murdered by being thrown off a roof.  The man was accused of being homosexual.  After being thrown from the roof, the gathered crowd pelted him with stones, even though he was already dead.



Pakistan:  On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Ghulam Murtaza and Sibtain Shah were executed by hanging.  Ghulam was executed for the murder of Sabiha Bibi and her two sons, Amir and Aatir in 1992.  The execution took place at Central Jail Sahiwal.  Sabiha was executed at Sargodha District Jail for murdering his brother-in-law.  Also executed on Wednesday, was Muhammad Shafiq, who was executed by hanging at Sialkot District Jail.  Muhammad was convicted of murdering Bashiran Bibi and Sakeena Bibi in 2004.



Saudi Arabia: In Taif, in the wester part of the kingdom, four nationals were executed for murdering six other members of their tribe, allegedly over a land dispute.  Three of the four executed were brothers.  The names of the four executed individuals were not reported.


On Monday, July 25, 2016, two men, Fahd al-Ishan and Mohammed al-Shahrani were executed for separate murders.  Fahd was convicting of killing a fellow Saudi citizen.  Mohammed was also convicted of killing a fellow citizen.  Although not specified, the men were likely executed by beheading.


Two unnamed men have been sentenced to death for the murder of Colonel Nasser Al Othman, at his farm near Buraidah, in the northern part of the kingdom.  The two men who supported Al Qaida, claimed they killed the Colonel because they believed him to be an apostate.



South Sudan:  On Saturday, July 23, 2016, two unnamed soldiers were executed by firing squad in Wau.  They were sentenced by a military court for murdering a couple in a residential area, among other crimes.



United States of America:  In April of 2012, Connecticut legislators passed a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state.  During debates about the bill, it was assured that the bill would not be retroactive and that those who had already been sentenced to death could have their executions carried out.  Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional; those on death row could not be executed.  Joshua Komisarjevsky has become the third death row inmate to be resentenced to life in prison.  Joshua was one of the Cheshire killers, who brutally raped and ultimately killed, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, on July 23, 2007.  Jennifer’s husband, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but managed to escape and seek help.  Joshua’s coconspirator, Steven Hayes has already been resentenced, also to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Death row inmates in Arkansas are appealing the decisions of the Arkansas Supreme Court to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the state law that keeps the name of the company supplying execution drugs a secret.  In a 4-3 vote the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the law was legal.  Further, they refused to reconsider their decision.  The Arkansas Supreme Court, also by a vote of 4-3, has ordered the state not to set execution dates until a response by the Supreme Court of the United States, meaning executions remain on hold in the state.


The Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, which houses death row inmates and carries out executions, has been appointed a new warden: 44-year-old Terry Royal, who was previously a prison warden in Florida.  The former warden, Anita Trammell had resigned after several problematic executions, including one in which the wrong drug was used.