October 19, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 42
Botswana: After the government failed to receive applications for a hangman position, they decided to use fellow inmates as hangman. The number of inmates executed in the country since gaining independence in 1966, is currently unknown. Since tasking inmates with the responsibility of carrying out executions, many are reportedly left traumatized and are demanding counseling. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defense, Justice, and Security, Segakweng Tsiane, has stated that inmates are offered counseling before and after carrying out executions. Additionally, the government has re-advertised the position in an attempt to outsource it.
Iran: On Sunday, October 14, 2018, 33-year-old Aslan Shirani was executed at Maragheh Prison. He was convicted of murdering his business partner during a fight. They were arguing over a financial disagreement in 2015. Also on October 14, 28-year-old Ayyub Jahandar was executed by hangin at Ferdows County prison. He was convicted of murder during a robbery in 2012.
On Monday, October 15, 2018, 38-year-old Saleh Dehkordi and 40-year-old Yarali Nouri were executed at Shahrekord prison. Both men were executed for separate murders.
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 29-year-old Mowloud Shah-Hosseini was executed at Isfahan Central prison. He was convicted and sentenced to death twice - once for murder, and again on drug-related charges. The execution was carried out for the murder charge. On the same day, at the same prison, Behrous Ansari Lenjan was also executed. He was convicted of murdering Majid, with whom he was fighting.
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Kourosh (Ali) Behzadian was executed at Ilam Central Prison. He was convicted of breaking into the home of an elderly couple, robbing them, killing the woman, and striking her husband over the head, placing him in a coma. He eventually awoke and was able to identify the attacker.
Malaysia: Law makers are moving to finalize a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the country. The bill would replace death sentences with a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison. Some could be sentenced to imprisonment for life, where they would never be eligible for release. Under the old criminal code a variety of laws, including murder, terrorism, attempted murder, rape, and drug related crimes, could be punishable by death. Families of victims have criticized this move by the government. No execution have taken place since 2014.
Pakistan: On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 24-year-old Imran Ali was executed by hanging at Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, according to anonymous officials. He was executed for the brutal rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Ansari in January of this year. After her body was found, national outrage and protests broke, demanding that justice be served. A manhunt ended with Imran’s arrest. Video evidence shows him with the child and DNA evidence links him to at least six other similar rape and murder cases. He has been convicted in multiple cases and received multiple death sentences.
Somalia: On Sunday, October 14, 2018, Hassan Adan Isak was executed by firing squad. Hassan was convicted of taking part in one of the deadliest terrorist attack in the country. Exactly one year before his execution, a truck packed with explosives, detonated at a busy intersection. Approximately 20 buildings were destroyed and over 500 individuals were killed. Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab was blamed for the attack, although they never claimed responsibility. Hassan was convicted of “driving one of the vehicles used in the blast.” His truck detonated near an airport check point, however no one was killed in the second blast.
United States of America: On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Raymond Tibbetts was scheduled to be executed in the state of Ohio. Ohio Governor John Kasich has commuted Raymond’s sentence to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Raymond was convicted of murdering his wife, Judith Sue Crawford, and 67-year-old Fred Hicks on November 6, 1997, inside of Fred’s Cincinnati home, where they all lived. Governor Kasich commutation went against the recommendation of Ohio Parole Board, however, Governor Kasich granted clemency due to “fundamental flaws” in the sentencing phase of Raymond’s trial. Read more about Raymond’s case here.
Lam Luong has been moved off death row in Alabama after his lawyers successfully argued that he is ineligible for execution due to “significant adaptive function deficits” that make him intellectually disable. He will now serve a life sentence, without the possibility of parole. Lam was convicted of murdering his four children by throwing them off the Dauphin Island Bridge.
The Texas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice must reveal from where they purchased execution drugs in 2014. The state has fought the order, arguing that revealing the supplier “will result in harassment of the business and will raise serious safety concerns for the business and its employees.” The state plans to file a motion asking the court to reconsider its decision. In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a law protecting the identities of the execution drug suppliers and everyone involved in the execution process. However, this lawsuit was started prior to the passing of that law. In Texas, execution drugs are purchased from compounding pharmacies.