September 15, 2017

IDPN 2017 Issue 37

Egypt: A court has sentenced 11 individuals to death after they were convicted of attempted murder and violence as part of militant group gathered for terroristic purposes. They were also convicted of making explosives, assaulting a government institution and setting it ablaze, jeopardizing person freedoms, harming national unity and social peace, and providing funds and weapon to militants. Twenty-six other individuals face similar charges and will be sentenced at a later date. The case dates back to 2013.



India: Two individuals have been sentenced to death, and two other sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of participating in a 1993 attack that killed 257 individuals and wounded over 700 individuals. The 1993 attack was a serial bombing that occurred in Mumbai. Several other individuals have also been convicted and sentenced to death for participating in the attack.



Iran: On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, an unnamed 27-year-old was executed by public hanging in Eslamabad-e Gharb. He was convicted of murder.

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, Davoud Hajizadeh was executed by hanging in public in Salmas County. His crime was not reported.



Iraq: The Central Criminal Court has sentenced to death Zeyad Tarek, a chemical warfare developer, who developed deadly weapons for the Islamic State terrorist group. Zeyad has confessed to the crime. Zeyad began his militant activity in 2003. His knowledge earned him the nickname of “Chemical Emir.” He was arrested while applying for asylum in Lebanon.

A 28-year-old Russian man has been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court for being a member of the Islamic State. The unnamed man left Russia to join the Islamic State in 2014 after obtaining a degree in engineering. He surrendered when Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul. Up to 5,000 other await trial for similar charges, while 27 others have been sentenced to death for being terroristic fighters.



Pakistan: Military courts have sentenced to death four individuals who have been deemed as hardcore terrorists. Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar saved Bajwa has confirmed the death sentences for Raiz Ahmed, Hafeez ur Rehman, Muhammad Saleem, and Kifayat Ullah. Raiz was convicted of participating in attacks that resulted in the death of eight police officials, and the injuries of five other police officials. Hafeez was convicted of being involved in an attack that killed three civilians. Muhammad was convicted taking part in an attack that resulted in the death four soldiers. He was also found to be in possession of a fire arm. Kifayat has been convicted of participating in an attack against Pakistani armed forces, resulting in the death of a soldier. All were also convicted of being part of a forbidden organization.



Philippines: Paolo Duterte, the son of President Rodrigo Duterte has been implicated in a drug smuggling case. President Duterte has presided over an extreme crackdown in drug dealing and smuggling in the nation, including authorizing police and civilians to open fire against drug dealers. Paolo has been implicated in assisting to smuggle over a ton of crystal meth through the Bureau of Customs. Paolo has denied allegations that he had any part in the smuggling. The Senate is currently investigating the charges. If convicted, Paolo and his brother-in-law (who has also been implicated) could face life in prison. President Duterte has stated that he would resign if any family members are convicted of corruption on being involved in drug smuggling.



United States of America: On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Gary Otte was executed by the state Ohio. Gary was pronounced dead at 10:54 am EST. He was 45 years of age. He was executed for the murder of Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more about Gary and his case here.

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