August 26, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 35


Iran:  On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, one individual was executed by hanging at Sirjan Prison in south-central Iran and another was executed by hanging at Bandar Abbas prison in southern Iran.  Neither man was identified by name.  One man was convicted on drug related charges, while the other’s charges were not reported.


On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, five prisoners, identified by initials only, were executed by hanging in the prison of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.  All were convicted of drug related charges.  



Iraq: On Sunday, August 21, 2016, 36 men were executed by hanging in a prison in Nasiriya in southern Iran.  The 36 men, who were not named, were convicted of being involved with the 2014 massacre of approximately 1,700 Shiite military personnel at Camp Speicher near Tikrit, which was the hometown of Saddam Hussein.  The Islamic State was responsible for the attack and released videos of the attack.  The area was recaptured from the Islamic State in 2015.


Photos have emerged of the Islamic State murdering four individuals for homosexually on August 20, 2016.  The men, including two members of the Islamic State, were blindfolded, taken to the top of a tall building, held by their ankles, and then thrown from the roof.  The murders were carried out in Mosul.  After being thrown, the men were stoned.



Saudi Arabia: On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Waqyan bin Shaaf bin Haza’a Al-Dosari was executed in the city of Riyadh.  He was likely executed by beheading.  Waqyan was executed for the murder of Mohammed bin Mubarak bin Fahd Al-Qarini.


United States of America: Robert Pruett was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution was halted due to claims that DNA evidence would have persuaded the jury to not sentence him to death.  To read more about Robert and his case, click here.


Jeffery Wood was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.  His execution was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, over concerns about the testimony by the psychiatrist who helped convince jurors that Jeffery should be placed on death row.  Claims now allege that the psychiatrist lied to the court during his testimony.  Defense lawyers also claim that the jurors should have been made aware that the psychiatrist had been ousted from the American Psychiatric Association before the trial.  Additionally, the psychiatrist did not personally examine Jeffery prior to testifying that Jeffery represented a future danger to society.  To read more about Jeffery and his case, click here.


On September 15, 2009, Ohio death row inmate Romell Broom was led into the execution chamber to be executed by lethal injection.  Two hours later he walked out of the room.  Despite the best efforts of the state Romell remained alive.  During those two hours, 18 attempts were made at finding a usable vein.  All attempts failed.  The Ohio Governor called off the execution.  Now, Romell is arguing that the state had their chance.  A second attempt to execute him would be double jeopardy.  In March of this year, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected such a claim.  Romell has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.


Five death row inmates in Texas, including Jeffery Wood who was scheduled to be executed on August 24, sued two directors of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the warden of Huntsville State Penitentiary, arguing that Texas’ death penalty protocol is unconstitutional and that the drugs to be used in executions should be tested again.  Texas receives its drugs from a compounding pharmacy which make specific doses as requested, instead of from a drug company, as most drug companies refuse to sell their drugs for use in executions.  A federal judge has dismissed the case, saying that Texas’ execution protocol is constitutional.