August 4, 2017
IDPN 2017 Issue 31
Indonesia: An official responsible for investigating complaints against the government has found that a recently executed Nigerian had his rights violated. The Nigerian still had an appeal pending before President Joko Widodo when he was executed.
Iran: The families of several prisoners facing execution on drug related charges have gathered in protest, demanding that their loved ones’ executions be halted, pending the outcome of a vote in parliament that could remove the death penalty for low-level drug convictions. It is estimated that there are 5,000 prisoners currently on death row, whose convictions would no longer result in the death penalty, if the bill passes.
On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Hossain Sarooki was executed by public hanging in Juybar. According to reports, over 5,000 individuals gathered to witness the public execution. Hossain was convicted of murder.
Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he supports the death penalty for those convicted of terrorism. The prime minister was speaking out about the terrorist, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, who killed three members of the Salomon family - 70-year-old Yosef Salomon, 46-year-old Chaya Salomon, and 36-year-old Lead Salomon, a week ago. Yosef’s wife, 68-year-old Tova, was seriously injured in the knife attack, which occurred while the family was celebrating the birth of a grandson. The death penalty is only allowed in specific circumstances. The last execution was in 1962, against Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the architects of the Final Solution.
Japan: Forty-three-year-old Miyuki Ueta has had her death sentence upheld by by the Supreme Court. Miyuki, a former bar worker, is convicted of drugging and drowning 47-year-old truck driver Kazumi Yabe in April of 2009, and 57-year-old electronics store owner Hideki Maruyama in October of 2009. Miyuki, who owed money to both men has continued to claim her innocence. She was first sentenced to death in 2012.
Malaysia: The two women, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese national Doan The Huong, who are accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, could face the death penalty if convicted. Nam was killed when the two women smeared a banned nerve agent on his face in a crowded airport. The women claim that they were led to believe they were playing a harmless prank for a television show.
United States of America: Duval County Circuit Court Judge Tatiana Salvador has rejected a request to halt executions in Florida over the lethal injection protocol, which includes a drug never before used in executions in the United States. Judge Salvador has ruled that the defendant, Mark Asay, failed to prove that he faced extreme pain and suffering from the new drug Etomidate, a/k/a Amidate. Judge Salvador did note that 20 percent of those receive the drug experience mild to moderate pain for “tens of seconds” after it is injected, however this possible pain does not violate 8th Amendments rights. If executed later this month in Florida, it will be the first execution by the state in 18 months.
Forty-six-year-old Scott Raymond Dozier has received an execution date in Nevada, however the state currently does not have any execution drugs. Scott has chosen to halt his appeals and allow his execution to proceed. He is convicted of murdering a 22-year-old in Las Vegas and dismembering his body. Nevada has not carried out an execution since 2006, and has about 80 individuals on death row. Several states have had difficulties in recent years obtaining execution drugs and Nevada has given no indication as to how they will proceed.
Claude Lee Wilkerson spent four years in prison on death row in Texas, before he was released in 1983, following successful appeals. He is now back in prison, awaiting trial for allegedly keeping a woman chained up in his basement and raping her repeatedly. His trial will start next March.
Yemen: On Monday, July 31, 2017, 41-year-old Muhammad al-Maghrabi was executed by shooting in public at Tahrir Square in Sanaa, the capital. He was executed for the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl, Rana al-Matan. The execution was also televised.