September 28, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 39
China: Mo Huanjing, a Chinese nanny, has been executed. Mo was 35 years of age. She was convicted of murdering a mother and her three children. Mo had allegedly racked up a significant amount of debt. She was hoping that saving the family from a fire, that she set, would persuade the family to loan her the money necessary to pay off her debts. Instead the fire killed Zhu Xiaozhen and her three children, aged six, nine, and eleven. The husband and father was out of town on business at the time of the fire.
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Zhao Zewei was executed in Mizhi county of Shaanxi province. Zhao was convicted of attacking 19 students in April 2018. Nine of the students died as a result of the attack. Zhao stated that he attacked the students out of frustration and anger from his misfortunes in life and due to the bullying he experienced while at school.
Egypt: The death penalty has been upheld by the Egyptian Court of Cassation for 20 men convicted of killing 13 police officers in 2013. Additionally, the court also upheld life sentences for 80 individuals convicted on related charges. The verdict by the Court of Cassation cannot be appealed, however President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi can grant clemency.
Iran: On Saturday, September 22, 2018, nine prisoners were executed by hanging at Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. All were convicted on charges of rape. The men were identified as Abdolkhaleq Safaiy, Ali Akbar Haqiqi, Ali Shah Alian, Hamidreza Safaiy, Behnam Roustaiy, Ehsan Safaiy, Mohammadreza Safaiy, Davoud Zareiy, and Mehdi Zamani. Reports indicate that they were all involved in the same rape case.
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 41-year-old Majid Pili was executed by hanging at Nashtarud-Tonekabon Prison. He was convicted on murder charges.
Jordan: A court has sentenced to death three Egyptian nationals who were convicted of murdering a compatriot in Amman, Jordan, in December 2015. He was stabbed as the result of a workplace dispute. All three convicted men purchased knives and participated in the attack.
Singapore: Forty-year-old Saridewi Djamani has been sentenced to death for trafficking drugs. During her trial, she alleged that the drugs were only for her personal use, however, she did not deny trafficking the drugs.
United States of America: On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Troy Clark was executed by the state of Texas. He was executed for the murder of 20-year-old Christine Muse, a former roommate, on May 19, 1998. Troy was 51 years of age. To learn more, click here.
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Daniel Acker was executed by the state of Texas. He was executed for murdering 32-year-old Marquetta George, his girlfriend, on March 12, 2000. Daniel was 46 years of age. To learn more about Acker and his case, click here.
Andrew Gillum, a candidate for governor in Florida, has announced that he wants to suspend the death penalty in the state if he is elected. In a statement Gillum stated that he ban would be temporary until it can be discovered why their appears to be a racial bias in Florida when it comes to the death penalty. He has also stated that he does not consider himself a death penalty opponent.
A jury in Alabama has recommended that Derrick Dearman be sentenced to death after he was found guilty on 10 counts of capital murder. Dearman was convicted of killing five individuals, one of whom was pregnant, and kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and an unrelated infant. The murders and kidnappings occurred on August 20, 2016, in Citronelle, Alabama. The kidnapped victims were eventually released in Mississippi.
Richard Glossip, a death row inmate in Oklahoma, has married Leigha Jurasik at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. There was a brief ceremony, supervised by prison staff, in which they were allowed to physically touch for the first time. They were then allowed 30 minutes together after the wedding, again supervised by guards. Previously, they were always separated by bars and thick glass. The 21-year-old bride is training to work as an undertaker in a funeral home and believes Glossip is innocent of the crime for which he has been convicted. Glossip is convicted of murdering 54-year-old Barry Alan Van Treese in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 7, 1997. Read more about his case here.