July 13, 2018

IDPN 2018 Issue 28

China: Twenty-eight-year-old Zhao Zewei has been sentenced to death for a knife attack at a school in northern China that resulted in the deaths of 9 children. Eleven others were injured in the attack. Police believe that he attacked the school because of a long-held grudge. Zhao was arrested at the scene.



Egypt: Eleven members of the terrorist group, Muslim Brotherhood, have been sentenced to death for murdering three policemen. The policemen were killed and their vehicles burned.



India: The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for four men were fatally gang raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, Nirbhaya, on a bus in New Delhi. That brutal attack sparked outrage internationally, and led to strong anti-rape laws. A total of six men were arrested for the crime. One committed suicide in prison, while another was a juvenile and spent three years in a reform facility before being released.

The Madras High Court has confirmed the death sentence of 23-year-old S Dhasvanth, an engineering graduate who has been convicted of raping and murdering a 7-year-old girl. Dhasvanth lured the girl into his apartment with a dog. He then raped and strangled her to death before placing her body in travel bag and dumping it on a highway. He has also been accused of murdering his mother while he was out on bail and fleeing. That case is still pending.



Iran: On Saturday, July 7, 2018, eight prisoners were executed by hanging. It has not been reported where the execution took place, however, the prisoners were being held at Evin Prison. The inmates were identified as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Seyyed Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayyoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani and Osman Behrouz. All were convicted of being involved in 2017 terrorist attacks on the parliament at Tehran and at the Shrine of Ayotollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Also on Saturday, Afghan national Naeem Manduzehi was executed by hanging at Zahedan Central Prison. He was convicted of murder. Naeem had father nine children and was born in 1970.



Sri Lanka: The Sri Lankan Cabinet has unanimously approved the revival of capital punishment for drug related crime. The last execution in Sri Lanka occurred in 1976. Leaders hope that reviving capital punishment will help reduce crime. Following this announcement, a list is being complied of drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death. That list will then be given to the President, who has announced that he would be willing to sign execution orders.



Thailand: Thirty-eight-year-old Artur Segarra Princep has had his death sentence upheld by an Appeals Court. Artur, a Spanish national, has been sentenced to death for murdering 41-year-old David Bernat. David’s body was then chopped into several pieces and dumped in the Chao Phraya River. Artur has claimed that he is innocent of the crime for which he has been convicted.



United States of America: On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Scott Doizer was scheduled to be executed in the state of Nevada. His execution was stayed by a Nevada court after a drug company opposed the use of its drug in the execution. Scott has repeatedly asked the state to execute him. He is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller on April 18, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more about his case here.

Eight inmates in Alabama who had been protesting the state’s lethal injection protocol, have formally requested that they be executed using nitrogen gas, the newest execution method approved for us in the state. Two other states also allow the use of nitrogen gas for executions, however, no state has yet carried out an execution using such a method. A new protocol must be established for nitrogen gas and there will likely be years of legal challenges before an execution can be carried out using such a method.

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