February 15, 2019

IDPN 2019 Issue 07

Egypt: Three unnamed members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been executed according to Human Rights Watch. Families of the men were given no notice of their executions, but were instructed to pick up the bodies after the execution occurred. Human Rights Watch alleges that the three men were beaten and tortured into confessing to the 2014 murder of the son of a judge in Mansoura, along the Nile Delta. The Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist group and banned in the nation.



Indonesia: Nine individuals have been sentenced to death by the Palembang District Court in South Sumatra after they were convicted of transporting crystal Methamphetamine. They were arrested just under a year ago.



Iraq: On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Islamic State killed three brothers that they had kidnapped from Salahuddin Province, while working in a field. The brothers were handcuffed and shot. Activity by the Islamic State has reportedly been growing in the area.


A criminal court has sentenced six brothers to death for joining the Islamic State terrorist group. The six men have been found guilty of participating in a number of terror attacks agains security forces and civilians using car bombs. The execution will be carried out by hanging.



Jordan: Khalid and Hamza Nayel al-Majali were sentenced to death for orchestrating a terror attack in Karak on December 18, 2016, which killed 10 individuals and injured many more. Now the State Security Court has announced its final ruling and reinstitute the sentence of death by hanging, which had previously been reduced to life in prison by the Court of Cassation.



Pakistan: Raza Ali Khan has been sentenced to death for killing his wife. Raza claims that his wife committed suicide, but the court found that Raza killed his wife after the two were in an argument. The argument began when Raza accused his wife of having an affair.



Sri Lanka: Prison authorities are conducting a search for two hangman, after a 43-year moratorium on the death penalty. Interviews will begin next month. The search came about after President Maithripala Sirisena announced that the nation would resume execution in an effort to crack down on the nation’s drug problem. The last execution in Sri Lanka occurred in 1976.



Tunisia: Seven individuals have been sentenced to life in prison, while dozens of others received various jail terms. All were convicted for taking part in two, 2015 attacks in Tunisia that killed 60 people, mostly tourists. The attacks occurred at the Bardo Museum and a popular seaside resort. The defendants faced a maximum sentence of death, however, none received that punishment.



United States of America: On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Warren Henness was scheduled to be executed by the state of Ohio. His execution was stayed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, over concerns regarding potential pain the inmate may experience during the execution. Warren has been convicted of murdering 51-year-old Richard Myers on March 20, 1992, in Columbus, Ohio.


Officials in Idaho have agreed to stop pursuing the execution of David Leslie Card due to his deteriorating mental health. David has been on death row for the last 30 years, after being convicted of murdering Eugene and Shirley Morey on June 5, 1988, in Canyon County, Idaho. According to Card’s trial attorney, Card is a schizophrenic who had to be medicated in order to stand trial. Many of Card’s appeals have been on hold because he is unable to assist his attorneys. In a signed statement, prosecutors have agreed to “never again seek to sentence David L. Card to death for the murders for which he was convicted.” Additionally, David will be removed from death row, but spend the rest of his life in prison.


Joel Lee Compton, a former death row inmate, has died in prison in New Mexico. His case of death has not been reported. Joel was 65 years of age. He was convicted of murdering 35-year-old Police Officer Gerald Cline in February 1983. He was initially sentenced to death, however his sentence was commuted to life in prison by then-Governor Toney Anaya in 1986.


The Wyoming House of Representatives had previously passed a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state. However, the Wyoming Senate failed to pass the bill, with a vote of 12-18. Supporters of the bill argued that abolishing capital punishment would save the state money and that capital punishment was inhumane and ineffective. Wyoming has not carried out an execution since 1992.



Zimbabwe: The death sentences of 34 inmates have been commuted to life in prison, as the government continues to show its commitment towards abolishing capital punishment in the nation. Eighty-one inmates remain on death row, although more commutations are expected in the near future as the government is in the process of legally ending the death penalty. The last execution occurred in July 2005.

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