September 9, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 37


Bangladesh: On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Mir Quasem Ali was executed for war crimes committed during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971.  Ali was a top Islamist party leader and financial backer.  He was executed by hanging.  



Egypt:  Four Islamist militants have been sentenced to death for forming a terrorist cell.  Eight others were sentenced to various prison terms.  All were involved in the terrorist cell and convicted on various terror related charges.



Ghana:  The nation has not carried out an execution in 23 years, although capital punishment remains a viable option.  A total of 137 inmates remain on death row, including three women.  At the launch of Advocacy Toolkit for Abolition of Death Penalty in West Africa, a speaker announced that he believed, along with Amnesty International, that the death penalty should be abolished in all countries.



India: Twenty-five-year-old Ankur Panwar has been sentenced to death by a special Mumbai court.  Ankur is scheduled to be executed for the murder of a woman three years ago by throwing acid on her.  Ankur murdered the woman because she had refused his marriage proposal.


Twenty-year-old Sukal Tudu was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl less than one year ago.  Sukal was the neighbor of the girl.



Sri Lanka:  A former lawmaker has been sentenced to death for the murder of a political rival during an election cycle five years ago.  Three others were also killed in the shooting.



United States of America: On Thursday, September 1, 2016, district court judge David Garner ruled that Linda Carty, a British citizen on death row in Texas, did not deserve a new trial and sentencing hearing.  Linda’s attorneys were arguing that Linda should receive a new trial and sentencing hearing due to prosecutorial misconduct by hiding witness statements.  Judge Garner ruled that prosecutors had overwhelming evidence against Linda from multiple other sources.  


On November 1, 2013, 26-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport in California, killing a TSA officer and wounding three others.  Paul has agreed to a plea deal, which will spare him from the death penalty.  


There are currently over 20 executions scheduled in Ohio, which lacks the drugs to carry out the lethal injections.  The state continues, according JoEllen Smith a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Corrections, to “seek all legal means to obtain drugs necessary to carry out court-ordered executions.”  The executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association John Murphy has recommended that the state consider nitrogen gas as a “humane and reasonably inexpensive” option.  He also notes that those who have suffered nitrogen asphyxiation, such as deep sea divers, describe the experience as euphoric.


The Delaware Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether its ruling declaring Delaware’s death penalty law unconstitutional is to be applied retroactively to the 13 inmates who remain on death row.  Delaware’s death penalty law was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court because it allowed judges too much discretion and did not require an unanimous jury decision.