July 20, 2018

IDPN 2018 Issue 29

Bangladesh: Four Moulvibazar men have been sentenced to death after being found guilty of committing genocide during the Liberation war. The four men have also been sentenced to life in prison for committing crimes against humanity. The four men have been identified as 76-year-old Akmal Ali Talukder, 62-year-old Abdun Nur Talukder alias Lal Miah, 76-year-old Anis Miah, and 64-year-old Abdul Musabbir Miah. Akmal is currently in prison while the rest are still at large.



India: The Punjab and Haryana high court has upheld the death sentences of 27-year-old Sonam Dagar and 28-year-old Navin Dagar. In 2009, the couple was in a relationship, forbidden by their families. Sonam mixed some sedative in with the family dinner. Then she and Navin strangled them until they fell unconscious. All seven members of Sonam’s family died. Sonam attempted to deflect suspicion by pretending to be unconscious and portraying the murder as a result of a property dispute. They were eventually discovered through cell records and DNA evidence.

Thirty-three-year-old Ayaz Mohammed Ansari is facing the possibility of being sentenced to death after being convicted of raping and performing unnatural acts on a 13-year-old girl. This is the third such convicted for Ayaz, who has 11 more cases against him. Ayaz, who has only one eye, has confessed to the police of molesting a total of 24 minors. Ayaz was eventually caught after someone witnessed him raping a girl.



Iran: On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Three prisoners - two men and a woman - were executed by hanging at Urmia Prison in northwestern Iran. Their names have not bee released. All were convicted of murder.

On Thursday, July 5, 2018, a prisoner, identified by initials only, was executed at Sari Prison in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. The inmate was convicted of murder.

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, Naeem Manduzehi, the father of nine children, was executed by hanging at the central prison of Zahedan, in southeastern Iran. He was convicted of murder.

On Monday, July 16, 2018, 41-year-old GholamAli was executed by hanging at Mashhad Prison. He was convicted of murdering another during a fight at a wedding.



Kenya: Twenty-four-year-old former beauty queen, Ruth Kamande, has been sentenced to death for murdering her partner 24-year-old Farid Mohammed in 2015. While human rights groups have expressed outrage over the sentence, the family of the victim insisted that the sentence should match the crime and were pleased with verdict. Kenya’s last execution occur in 1987.



Saudi Arabia: On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, seven individuals were executed. Most executions in the kingdom take place by beheading. The names of those executed were not released. Two Saudi citizens and three Chad nationals were executed for kidnapping and murdering a Pakistani security guard in order to rob a warehouse he was protecting. A third Saudi national was executed for the murdering a man by setting him on fire. And a Lebanese national was executed for attempting to smuggle drugs into the kingdom. These executions bring the total number of execution for the year to 73.



Sri Lanka: The European Union has issued a warning to Sri Lanka that if the nation ends it 42-year moratorium on the death penalty, it could negatively affect the nation’s ability to trade with the various nations in the European Union. Recently, Sri Lanka announced that it would allow executions for repeat drug offenders. It is hoped that this new punishment will reduce the increasing drug trade in the nation.



Thailand: A Court of Appeals has upheld the death sentence for 36-year-old Krittidech Rawengwan. He is convicted of raping and murdering 18-year-old Ruadeewan “Nong Snow” Polprasit on December 23, 2015. He has also been ordered to pay a fine to the family of the slain school girl.



United States of America: On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Christopher Young was executed in the state of Texas. He was 34 years of age. He was convicted of the murder of 53-year-old Hasmukh Patel, which occurred on November 21, 2004. Prior to his execution, Christopher and his lawyers argued that his execution should be stayed because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected his clemency request because he is black. His appeals were unsuccessful. Read more about Christopher and his case here.

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Robert Van Hook was executed in the state of Ohio. He was 58 years of age. He was convicted of murdering David Self in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 18, 1985. Read more about Robert’s case here.

Don Davis, a death row inmate in Arkansas, was hospitalized after he attempted suicide on Thursday, July 12, 2018. After spending a week at the hospital, Don was returned to death row. Don was scheduled to be executed in April 2017, along with seven other inmates. His execution was stayed due to appeals. Read more about Don and his case here.

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, has made an announcement concerning two death row inmates. Governor Kasich has announced, citing “fundamental flaws” in the sentencing phase, that he has commuted the death sentence of Raymond Tibbetts to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Raymond was scheduled to be executed later this year. Governor Kasich’s decision was contrary to the 8-1 ruling by the Ohio Parol Board, who voted that he should be not be granted clemency, (Read more about Raymond and his case here.) Governor Kasich has also announced that the September 13, 2018, execution of Cleveland Jackson has been rescheduled for May 29, 2019.

Prison officials in Arkansas have announced that there will be no executions in the near future. One of the drugs the state uses in lethal injections have expired and they have been unsuccessful locating a supplier. Difficulties in obtaining the drug stem, in part, from the ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which ruled that the state could not shield the identity of manufactures for the drugs used in state executions. Most drug manufactures, fearing public backlash, will not supply execution drugs unless their identity is guaranteed to be secret.



Vietnam: On Thursday, July 12, 2018, a court in Ho Chi Minh City upheld the death sentence for Dang Van Hien, a farmer who has been convicted of murdering three men, and injuring 13 others. The murder occurred due to an ongoing land dispute between Long Son Trade and Investment Company, for whom the victims worked, and the farmers. Two other frames have also received prison terms for their part in the murders. The farmers allege that they were acting in self defense as the company had sent it workers, armed with knives, shields, and tractors, into the farmer’s fields to destroy their crops. The nation’s president has ordered a review into the case after much public outcry over the sentencing.

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