May 18, 2018

IDPN 2018 Issue 20

India: Naveen Gadge has been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a four-month-old girl. The mother of the victim has demanded that Naveen be executed as soon as possible.



Iran: Iran: Eight men have been sentenced to death for aiding 5 militants who carried out an attack that resulted in the death of 18 individuals. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after it happened.

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, two prisoners were executed by hanging at Gorgan Central Prison. They were convicted of “moharebeh and corruption on earth.” Together, the defendants were convicted of 13 murders and 80 armed robberies.

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, an unnamed individuals was executed by public hanging in Bandar Abbas. The prisoner was convicted of murdering two park rangers on June 23, 2016. The names of the prisoners were not reported.

On Monday, May 14, 2018, Khalil Agoush and Soheil Mirbakhsh were executed by hanging at Urmia Central Prison in north-western Iran. Both were convicted of murder. On the same day, another prisoner, Mojtaba Karamiyan was executed by hanging at Ilam Central Prison in western Iran. He was also convicted of murder.



Kenya: Government officials are fast-tracking a law that would make wildlife poaching a capital offense. A previous Wildlife Conservation Act, which gave offenders a life sentence and a $200,000 fine. That Act however, did not provide enough of a deterrent to curb poaching and officials are hopeful this new law will help stop poaching. This law comes soon after the death of “Sudan,” the last remaining male northern white rhino.



Saudi Arabia: Jameel Bin Mohammad Al Aseeri, a Saudi national, has been executed for robbing banks in Jeddah in 2002. Jameel was determined to have three accomplices for the crimes: two Saudi nationals and a foreigner. They attacked two banks, and was armed during the second robbery. Jameel was the only one to be sentenced to death, as he had prior criminal convictions.



United States of America: On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Juan Castillo was executed by the state of Texas. He was pronounced dead at 6:44 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. He was convicted of murdering Tommy Garcia Jr., in San Antonio, Texas in 2003. Click here to read more about the case.

The Nevada Supreme Court has told prison officials that they can proceed with carrying out the first execution in the state in 12 years. Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed in November 2017, however, his execution was halted over concerns regarding the execution drugs. Scott has asked that he be executed, regardless of what drugs are used. Read more about Scott and his case here.

Bruce Rauner, the Governor of Illinois, has proposed that the state once again allow courts to sentence mass murders and police killers to death. It is thought that this proposal is part of a public safety plan and an attempt to sway voters in the upcoming November election. The last execution in Illinois occurred in 1999. Illinois abolished the death penalty, and commuted all death sentences, in 2011, years after the governor imposed a moratorium on all executions in 2003.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has announced that they have found “nothing in violation of the law” following a review of records relating to Nebraska's purchase of lethal injection drugs. An investigation occurred after the ACLU of Nebraska was denied information about the purchase of the lethal injection drugs. The ACLU, along with carious news organizations have also sued the Department of Corrections in an attempt to learn who supplied the execution drugs and how Nebraska obtained them.

Thirty-eight-year-old Todd Rizzo has had his death sentenced commuted to life in prison in Connecticut. Todd was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of a 13-year-old boy, who was beaten to death with a sledgehammer. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional in 2015.

Steven Hayward was sentenced to death in Florida 2007, for the murder of 32-year-old Daniel DeStefano. However, the jury’s decision to send him to death row was not unanimous. Therefore, Steven was eligible for a new sentencing trial, according to recent Florida Supreme Court ruling. While prosecutors were willing to, once again, seek a death sentence, the family of the victim requested that they would not. That request was honored and Daniel was resentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

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