November 16, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 46
Iran: On Saturday, November 3, 2018, 45-year-old Samei Mohtarami was executed by hanging at Ardakan Prison in Yazd. He was convicted of murder. His family was unable to raise the necessary blood money to spare him from execution, as they are poor.
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 33-year-old Soran Rashid Zahedi (nicknamed Soran Holiri), was executed by hanging at Zanjan Central Prison. Soran, an Iraqi national, was executed for murder. He had lived in Iran nearly all his life and worked in a cement factory. Soran killed a man who owed him money.
On Monday, November 12, 2018, Milad Nouri was executed by hangin at Zahedan Central Prison. The married, father of two was allegedly executed on rebellion charges, although that has not been confirmed.
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 27-year-ol Sharareh Almassi was executed by hanging at Sanandaj Central Prison. She was convicted of murdering her husband, Kaveh Gholam Veissi, during a family fight.
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, two individuals were executed by hanging in Rajai-Shahr Prison in Tehran. They were convicted of economic corruption. The two men were identified as Vahid Mazloumin and Mohammad Esmaeel Gahsemi. Eight others were also executed on the same day. The eight, who have not been identified, were convicted of murder.
In September, 22 individuals were arrested for their involvement in a deadly shooting at a military parade in Ahvaz. All 22 have now been executed. The parade was being held in remembrance of the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. Twenty-five individuals were killed when four men opened fire on a viewing stand. Dozens more were injured in the attack. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kenya: Veteran police officers Benjamim Kahindi Changawa and Stanley Okoti have been sentenced to death for the murder of Joseph Obongo Onchuri on October 7, 2014, at a club in Kangemi, Nairobi. Also killed during the shooting was Goeffrey Nyabuto Mogoi and Amos Okenye Makori, relatives to Joseph. The three individuals, who were attempting to rob the club, had already surrendered when they were shot and killed.
Pakistan: Following the acquittal of 54-year-old Asia Bibi, a Christian accused of blasphemy, protests erupted around the nation, blocking major roadways and forcing businesses to shut down. In the nation, blasphemy can carry a sentence of death, a sentence Asia had received when she was convicted. Prime Minister Imran Khan, although defending and supporting the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Asia’s conviction and sentence, has promised that he will remain tough against blasphemers and continue to allow them to be sentenced to death.
Saudi Arabia: The public prosecutor has announced that the death penalty will be pursued against five of the individuals suspected of being involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According the most recent account of events by the prosecutor’s office, a 15-man team was sent to capture Jamal, who had spoken out against Saudi Arabia, and return him to the kingdom. When Jamal resisted, a decision was made to kill and dismember him.
South Korea: A new bipartisan bill is being considered by lawmakers that would allow for drunk drivers to be sentenced to death, if they kill another person. Prison terms, from five years to life in prison, are also possibilities. The bill also calls for stricter standards of blood alcohol level. This bill gained traction after a 22-year-old solider died after being in a coma for two months. He had been struck by a drunk motorist in Busan.
Thailand: Thirty-four-year-old Luke Cook and his 40-year-old Thai wife, Kenyarat Wechapitak have both been sentenced to death for attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into Australia. Luke, a Perth member of the Hell’s Angels, was caught and arrested, along with his wife, at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. Friends of the couple have claimed that they were set up.
United States of America: On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Robert Ramos, a Mexican nation, was executed by the state of Texas. His lawyers attempted to halt the execution, which was delayed for several hours, by arguing that his execution violated the Vienna Convention. Robert is convicted of murdering his 42-year-old wife Leticia, and their two children, 7-year-old Abigail and 3-year-old Jonathon, in February 1992. After killing them, he buried under the bathroom floor and told various stories to different people regarding their disappearance. Click here to read more about Robert and his case.
Forty-eight-year-old Darlie Routier has been on death row in Texas for over two decades after being convicted of murdering her five-year-old son Damon. She is also believed to have murdered her six-year-old son Devon, who was also killed. Darlie alleges that an intruder broke into their home, stabbed her children and slashed her neck before leaving. New DNA tests have been ordered in the case which could help prove Darlie’s version of events. Some of the evidence scheduled for testing has never been tested before.
Sixty-three-year-old James Lewis Morgan has been removed from death row in North Carolina, where he has spent the last 19 years. James has been resentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. James is convicted of murdering Patrina King by stabbing her 48 times in front of his mother. Lawyers for James, who does not dispute his conviction, argued that James’ right to due process was violated during his sentencing trial. As part of agreement, James must drop all outstanding appeals on the case.