September 30, 2016

IDPN 2016  Issue 40


India:  Dhal Singh Dewangan was convicted of killing his wife and five daughters in 2012.  Upon appeal, the Indian Supreme Court, by a vote of 2-1, ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to convict Dhal.  Following their ruling, Dhal was released from death row.



Iran: On Sunday, September 11, 2016, 17 unnamed prisoners were executed by hanging at Vakilabad Prison in northwestern Iran.  All were reportedly executed on drug related charges.


On Thursday, September 22, 2016, 27-year-old Hossein Arabahmadi and 40-year-old Rahmatali Saadatiar were executed at Gorgan Prison in northern Iran.  Both were executed on drug related charges.


When Rauf Hasani was 16 years of age, he was sentenced to death for murder.  Recently, the family of the victim has forgiven Rauf, sparing him from being executed.  Rauf has only received a fifth grade education.  The victim’s family requested, as part of the agreement, that Rauf move from their city, only being allowed to return for the funeral of immediate family members.


On Saturday, September 24, 2016, four prisoners - Abdolkarim Bapiri, Mehdi Mollaie, Salah Ghaderian, and Ali Mohtabipour - were executed by hanging at Tabriz Central Jail in northwestern Iran.  All were convicted on drug related offenses.


On Sunday, September 25, 2016, 31-year-old Hadi Oskauie was executed by hanging at Taybad Prison.  Hadi was convicted on drug related charges.  His brother had been recently executed at the same prison on similar charges.  Also executed on Sunday, was 33-year-old Javad Sanjehvali.  Javad was executed by hanging at Gorgan Prison in northern Iran.  He was executed for drug related charges.


On Monday, September 26, 2016, Amir Behrouz was executed at Urmia’s central prison in northwestern Iran.  He was executed for murder.


On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, seven prisoners were executed by hanging at Minab Central Prison in southern Iran.  The men were identified as Khodabakhsh Balouch, Ali Balouch, Chaker Balouch, Mohammad Mohammad Zehi, Majid Nariman, Mehdi Moradi, and Mohammad Ghourchizadeh.  All were convicted and sentenced to death for drug related offenses.


On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, eight prisoners - Ali Rabizadeh, Majid Gonjehali, Adnan Anwar, Hossein Karimi, Mohammad Jafari, Karim Hatamzadeh, Farajollah Hatami, and Mehdi Alizadeh - were executed Karaj’s Rajai Shahr Prison in northern Iran.  Karim was executed on churches of enmity against God during an armed robbery.  The remainder were convicted of murder.



Malaysia:  Forty-year-old Ahmad Najib was executed by hanging on Friday, September 23, 2016.  Ahmad, a former aircraft cabin cleaner has spent over a dozen years on death row for the rape and murder of Canny Ong in June of 2003.



Saudi Arabia:  An unnamed Ethiopian housemaid has been executed for the murder of the 6-year-old child of her employer in June of 2013.  The maid claimed to have killed the child due to the poor treatment she received from the family.  She was the 119th individual executed in the kingdom so far this year.


On Friday, September 30, 2016, Amjad Hussain Ashraf Shaf and Ayoub Khan Menqal Khan were executed on drug related charges.  Amjad was executed in Mecca.  Ayoub was executed in the Eastern province.



Singapore:  At a meeting at the United Nations, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan spoke out in support of the death penalty for drug-related offenses and called for world leaders to respect alternative view points on the subject.  Additionally, the minister noted that capital punishment for drug offenses in Singapore has reduced drugs in the nation and prevented drug syndicates from being established in the nation.



United Arab Emirates: Two brothers, identified by initials only, have been sentenced to death for the murder of the their brother-in-law.  The victim had married the brothers’ sister without the consent of the family.  The murder occurred in November of 2014.



United States of America:  Wayne Kubsch, a death row inmate in Indiana, was convicted of the 1998 murder of his wife, 31-year-old Beth Kubsch, her 35-year-old ex-husband Rick Milewski, and their 10-year-old son Aaron Mileswki.  The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned his conviction and granted him a new trial due to evidence withheld during earlier trials.  The evidence includes a videotaped police interview of a neighbor which could help prove Wayne’s claims of innocence.  Wayne is believed to have killed his wife in order to collect her life insurance to pay of several debts.


The jury selection has begun for the federal trial of Dylan Roof, who could face the death penalty if convicted of a hate crime for the murder of nine African Americans attending a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina in June of 2015.