January 6, 2017

IDPN 2017 Issue 01

China: Song Yanli has been sentenced to death for setting an occupied bus on fire in Liuzhou City in Guangxi province. Eleven people were injured in the attack, and the bus destroyed. Allegedly, Song set the bus on fire as a way to vent his anger over a personal dispute.



Iran: On Tuesday, January 3, 2016, Hadi Moghadam, Ali Nouri, Alireza Has Firouzabadi, and Ali Nouri were executed by hanging at Karaj Central Prison. All four were executed on drug related charges.

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, three prisoners were executed by hanging for drug related charges. Khashiar Behrouzi, Mehdi Kavousi, and Anoush Baluch were executed at Ghezel Hesar Prison.



Iraq: In the past year, authorities executed 88 terrorists, according to Amnesty International. Many groups have called for Iraq to stop carrying out executions.



Japan: As of December 31, 2016, the number of inmates on death row in the nation is 129 individuals. This number is two more than the previous year. Three people were executed throughout 2016, while seven more received the death penalty.



Kuwait: On Monday, January 2, 2017, 26-year-old Salem Buhan and 23-year-old Amira Hussein were convicted of torturing and killing their toddler daughter. They have been sentenced to death. The two were allegedly drug addicts and had become annoyed by their daughter’s crying.



Pakistan: Sixty-two-year-old Muslim Khan has been sentenced to death for the murder of 31 individuals, including civilians and security personnel, and terroristic activities. Since 2007, until his arrest in 2009, he served as the face of Swat Taliban. He was known as the “butcher of Swat” due to his support of the Taliban’s policies of killings.



Philippines: An execution video has been released, allegedly by a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In the video, three men, identified as Udi, Sabar, and Patrol, were tied to poles and blindfolded. The video claims that these men were arrested, tried in a Sharia court, and sentenced to death for murder. They were then executed by gunshot.



Saudi Arabia: After eight years on death row, Indian worker Limbadri has escaped execution, as his victim’s family was willing to accept blood money in exchange for his life. Limbadri is now awaiting his release from prison.

In 2016, the kingdom executed a total of 153 individuals, according to Amnesty International. That is slightly less than the number of individuals executed in 2015. Executions are often carried out by beheading with a sword.



United States of America: Nearly a year ago, the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States caused Florida to halt executions in the state. Now, a new ruling by the state Supreme Court has thrown the status of approximately half the death row inmates into limbo. Due to the Supreme Court ruling a year ago, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that any inmate sentenced to death since 2002 is entitled to receive a new sentencing trial. Approximately 200 inmates are affected by this decision, which is a logistical nightmare for the court system, which is not equipped to handle so many cases at once. Additionally, prosecutors must now track down records, family members, witnesses, old trial transcripts, pictures, and other information related to the case. Failure to obtain all this information could result in the inmate being resentenced to life in prison.

Officials in Florida have announced that they have adopted a new lethal-injection procedure, one that has never been used before in any state. The new three-drug process uses a sedative that has not been previously used in execution and another drug that has only been used once (successfully) by accident in an execution in Oklahoma. The reason for the new drugs in uncertain, although it has been speculated that Florida is having difficulties obtaining their current drugs.

A 2-1 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that Ohio may continue to shield the identities of those who supply execution drugs to the state. The first three scheduled executions of the year in Ohio have been postponed due to legal challenges, such as this one.

Forty-six-year-old Dwayne A. Woods, a death row inmate in Washington state, has died of cardiac arrest while in a medical facility for a chronic illness on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Dwayne was sentenced to death for the 1997 murders of 22-year-old Telisha Shaver and 18-year-old Jade Moore. Both women were raped and beaten with a baseball bat in April of 1996. There is currently a moratorium on executions in the state, as Governor Jay Inslee has refused to allow executions to be carried out, cities a “flawed system.” Just days before Dwayne’s death, Governor Inslee granted a reprieve for 65-year-old Clark Richard Elmore, who was on death row for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Christy Onstad.

Texas is suing the US Food and Drug Administration for taking 17 months to decide whether Texas can import thiopental sodium, a drug used in executions in the state. Currently, Texas only has enough to executed two inmates, with more scheduled. While the FDA has ruled that the drug cannot be imported, Texas notes that there is an exemption for law enforcement purposes.

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