September 2, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 36


Afghanistan: Anas Haqqani has been sentenced to death.  Anas is the brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a commander in the Taliban.  Anas was allegedly a student and not involved with the Taliban, although this claim is disputed.



Bangladesh:  A special tribunal has sentenced Sakhawat Hossain, a former parliament member belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, to death.  He was convicted of war crimes, which were committed during Bangladesh’s independence war from Pakistan in 1971.  Seven others were given various prison terms.  Six of those seven were tried in absentia.  



Iran: On Thursday, August 25, 2016, seven unnamed prisoners were executed in the Central Prison of Yazd.  One of those executed was a woman.  Five of the prisoners were reportedly executed for drug related charges.  The other crimes were not reported.


Also on Thursday, 11 other prisoners were executed at the Central Prison of Zahedan, in south eastern Iran.  One of the executed inmates was identified as Hamzeh Rigi, while the remaining inmates were not identified.  None of the crimes were reported.


On Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12 prisoners were executed at Karaj Central Prison.  Nine of the prisoners were identified by name: Alireza Madadpour, Bahman Rezaei, Arman Bahrami, Alireza Asadi, Mohsen Eslami, Hossein Bahrami, Mehdi Rostami, Amir Sarkhah, and Alireza Sarkhah.  The remaining prisoners were not named.  All were reportedly executed on drug related charges.



Iraq: On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, seven men, from various Arab nations, were executed by hanging at Nasiriyah prison in southern Iraq.  All were convicted on terrorism charges and being involved with the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.



North Korea: According to reports, deputy premier Kim Yong Jin has been executed.  Two others, Kim Jong Chol, head of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers’ Party,  and Choe Jui Do, a deputy chief of Propaganda and Agitation Department have been banished for re-education.



Saudi Arabia:  A Sri Lankan woman in her mid 40s has been released to her home country from death row.  The unnamed women was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death while working as a maid in kingdom.  Her sentenced was later reduced three years.  After completing her sentence, she was deported.


On Monday, August 29, 2016, Abdulrahman bun Qabih Bin Maidh Al-Bajali, a Saudi national, was executed, likely by beheadings.  He was convicted of murdering fellow national Bandar bin Mohammed bin Jubair Al-Malki Al-Bajali.  Although not specified, Abdulrahman was likely executed by beheading, as that is how most executions are carried out in the kingdom.


On Thursday, September 1, 2016, Ibrahim bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Amiri was executed, likely by beheading.  Ibrahim was executed for the murder of fellow national Khalid bin Ahmed bin Yahya Asiri.



United States of America: Rolando Ruiz was scheduled to be executed in Huntsville, Texas on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  His execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  Rolando is convicted of murdering 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez in 1992.  To read more about Rolando and his case, click here.


Forty-seven-year-old Teri Orina Nichols, a school teacher, was arrested in California for attempting to smuggle drugs and cell phones to an inmate, Bruce Millsap on death row.  Bruce has been convicted of killing eight individuals and is a member of the notorious Crips gang.  Teri is currently released on bail.


A three-judge panel for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s ruling and ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections to reveal their supplier of the state’s execution drugs.  Two inmates have sued the state, challenging the constitutionality of Missouri’s three-drug execution protocol.  The state argued the by revealing the name of the supplier would likely result in future’s difficulties obtaining execution drugs.  The panel ruled against the state and ordered them to reveal their suppliers.  The state has appealed, asking for the full court to hear the case.