July 28, 2017

IDPN 2017 Issue 30

Bangladesh: Thirty-one-year-old Kamrussaman, alias Swapan, and 32-year-old Malek Bepari, alias Malek Zehadi, have had their death sentences commuted to life in prison. They were convicted of being involved in the banned Islamist group JMB, and of participating in 2005, multi-blast bombing in Shariatpur. No one was killed during the bombings.



Egypt: Twenty-eight individuals have been sentenced to death after all being convicted of participating in a bombing that killed Hesham Barakat, the chef prosector, two years ago. Fifteen others were given life sentences, eight others were given 15-year jail terms, and 15 others were given 10-year prison terms. All verdicts can be appealed.



Indonesia: President Joko Widodo has ordered that drug dealers and traffickers can be shot on sight if they resist arrest. The president issued this shoot-to-kill order due to rising drug problems in the nation, especially from foreigners. He has instructed police to “show no mercy.” President Widodo also stated that he believed the drug problem in the nation is an “emergency situation.”



Iran: On Saturday, July 22, 2017, three prisoners were executed by hanging. Salman Mirshahi was executed at Zabol Central Prison on drug related charges. Forty-six-year-old Kheir Mohammad Saadat and 37-year-old Bashir Rasouli, both Afghani nationals, were executed at Zahedan Central Prison. Their crimes were not reported.

Some lawmakers in the nation are pushing back against using capital punishment for drug offenders. The nation currently has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. As part of the new law, capital punishment would be disallowed for petty, non-violent drug related crimes. The law has not yet been approved by parliament.

On Monday, July 24, 2017, three prisoners were executed by hanging at Isfahan Central Prison. All were executed on drug related charges. The prisoners have been identified as Mohsen Abdi, Javad Mir, and Habib. Habib was an Afghani national. Allegedly, Javad was under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, two prisoners, Jalil Dadyarvand and Mohammad Ali Yari, were executed by hanging at Zanjan Central Prison. Both were executed on drug related charges. Another prisoner, Omran Ahmadvand was executed by hanging at Kermanshah Central Prison on the same day. He was convicted of murder.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, three prisoners, including an unidentified woman, were executed by hanging at Urmia’s Central Prison. The men were identified as Farhad Mousizadeh and Davoud Maldar.



Iraq: The Iraqi government has informed Germany that four female German nationals are being held for being part of the Islamic State. The women could face the death penalty in Iraq for being part of a terrorist group. One of the women is believed to be Linda Wenzel, who went missing from Germany last year at the age of 16. She had been recruited and groomed online, eventually leaving to join the Islamic State without telling her parents.



United States of America: On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Ronald Phillips was executed by the state of Ohio. Ronald was pronounced dead at 10:43 am EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correction Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. There were no complications during his execution. Ronald was 43 years of age. He was executed for the murder of 3-year-old Sheila Maria. Ronald’s execution was the first in Ohio in over three years. Read more about Ronald and his case here.

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Taichin Preyor was executed by the state of Texas. He was pronounced dead at 9:22 pm CDT. He was 46 years of age. Taichin was executed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend 24-year-old Jami Tackett in 2004. To read more about Taichin and his case, click here.

Sixty-year-old James Matthew Bradley, Jr., could face the death penalty for his part in a human smuggling scheme that has resulted in the death of 10 individuals. James was driving an 18-wheeler tractor trailer, which was abandoned in a Wal-Mart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. In the trailer, there were potentially over 200 illegal aliens. The intense summer heat caused the temperature in trailer to rise, resulting in people passing out and dying. Police believe that this transport was part of a larger smuggling operation.



Zimbabwe: The nation has been without a hangman for over a decade, and it has recently emerged that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has refused to appoint an individual to the position, despite numerous applicants, because Emmerson was nearly executed by hanging as a teenager. Vice-President Mnangagwa was a teenager during the liberation in 1960s, when he was convicted of participating in train bombing. He was spared from execution due to his young age. There have been reports that a suitable hangman has been found, however the vice-president is blocking his appointment, to the frustration of many.

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