November 24, 2017

IDPN 2017 Issue 47

Bangladesh: Seventy-five-year-old Golam Rasul Jhorhu and 60-year-old Abdul Mokim were executed by hanging at the Jessore Central Jail. They were executed for the murder of freedom fighter Monwar Hossain in 1994. The execution was carried out at 11:45 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Golam and Abdul were members of the extremist group Purbo Bangla Communist Party.



Ghana: Twenty-two-year-old Yaw Anokye has been sentenced to death by hanging for murdering two African-American women at Akwamufie in May of 2015. The two women murdered were 75-year-old Mane Lena and 69-year-old Diop Nzanga. They were kidnapped and murdered after living in a small settlement for 18 years. The reason for their murder is unknown. Ghana’s last execution was carried out in 1993.



Indonesia: Twenty-eight-year-old Heriyanto has been convicted and sentenced to death for the premeditated murder of Bayu Santoso. Heriyanto’s accomplices, 29-year-old Andrian and 25-year-old Ali Akbar, received sentences of life and 20 years, respectively. Bayu was stabbed to death and then his body was mutilated. The three convicted men killed Bayu to prevent him from telling others about their selling of narcotics.

Eleven Taiwanese nationals have been sentenced to death for drug related offenses. Three of those sentenced, Chen Chia-wei, Wang An-kang, and Lo Chih-cheng, were already on death row for other crimes. They eight others have been identified by surnames only.



Kuwait: Forty-five-year-old Arjunan Athimuthu was sentenced to death for the murder of Abdul Wajid, a co-worker in 2013. Arjunan has been spared executed after his wife was able to unexpectedly raise the necessary “blood money” to spare his life.



Mauritania: The conservative Muslim nation has stiffened the penalty for blasphemy and apostasy. All who are convicted of these crimes will face the death penalty. Previously, if the convicted expressed remorse and repented for their actions, they could be spared from execution. The new penalties comes after the release of a blogger who served two years in prison. His release was met with protests. No executions have been carried out in the nation since 1987.



United Arab Emirates: On Thursday, November 23, 2017, Nidal Isa Abdullah was executed for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 8-year-old Obaida Sedqi in May of 2016. The execution was carried out at Dubai Central jail. Nidal was 48 years of age.



United States of America: On Monday, November 20, 2017, notorious murderer Charles Manson died of natural causes in California. He was 83 years of age. Charles was convicted of murdering pregnant actress Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Fryowski, Steven Parent, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Gary Hinman, and Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was originally sentence to death, however, when the death penalty was briefly abolished in the state, his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole. Charles was rejected for parole 12 times.

For the first time in six years, South Carolina has set an execution date. Bobby Wayne Stone was given an execution date of December 1, 2017, however his execution has been stayed to allow time to complete appeals. The execution would likely have been stayed regardless, due to South Carolina being unable to purchase execution drugs. South Carolina does not have a law in place that would protect or shield the identity of the drug supplier from being revealed to public, making companies unwilling to sell the drugs to the state. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling has asked for the past several years for lawmakers to pass a shield law, a request which is supported by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Read more about Bobby and his case here.

Joseph Giarratano, a former death row inmate in Virginia, has been granted parole. Joseph was convicted in 1979 of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Michelle Kline and the murder of her mother, 44-year-old Toni Kline in Norfolk, Virginia. Joseph’s sentence was commuted in 1991 by then-Governor L. Douglas Wilder, just two days before his execution. The Governor commuted the execution over questions about Joseph’s guilt. On Monday, November 20, 2017, the Virginia State Parole Board approved Joseph’s request for parole.

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