June 7, 2019

IDPN 2019 Issue 22

China: Forty-nine-year-old Zhao Zhiyong, a wealthy business man, has been executed in China for the rape of 25 girls, many of whom were under that age of 14. In China, sex with a girl younger than 14 is considered rape and can, as evident, result in the death penalty. Zhao’s rapes occurred between June 2015 and January 2017.


India: The Bombay High Court has upheld an amendment to a section of the constitution which allows for repeat rape offenders to be sentenced to death. Three individuals convicted in a gang rape case was challenging the constitutionally validity of the law. This recent amendment came into law following a 2012 gang rape of a woman in Delhi.


Iran: On April 30, 2019, 31-year-old Seyyed Samad Enayati was executed by hanging at Zanjan prison. He was convicted of murder. His execution has not yet been announced by the authorities.



Iraq: On Sunday, June 2, 2019, an eighth Frenchman, out of a group of 12 captured in Syria and transferred to Iraq for trial, has been sentenced to death for being a member of the Islamic State. Thirty-two-year-old Fodil Tahar Aouidate was scheduled for an earlier trial, however it was delayed to allow time for a medical examination, after allegations of torture were made. The medical examiner found no evidence to support the allegation.


A ninth French man, 28-year-old Vianney Ouraghi has also been sentenced to death on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Vianney was also convicted of joining the Islamic State terrorist group. Vianney confessed to working with the Islamic State, but insisted that he did not participate in any fighting.


On Monday, June 3, 2019, the final two French nationals up for trial, 32-year-old Bilel Kabaoui and 41-year-old Mourad Delhomme were sentenced to death. They, along with the nine others, were convicted of being members of the Islamic State. The French government has spoken out about its unequivocal opposition to the death penalty and will attempt to prevent the executions being carried out on French nationals in Iraq.



Pakistan: Tuseef Ahmed and Hassan Ali have been sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of 3-year-old Marwa Faizan on December 30, 2016. The child was brutally killed after her family failed to pay the demanded ransom.



United States of America: Convicted serial killer, 78-year-old Samuel Little has been indicted in Ohio for the murders of 21-year-old Mary Jo Peyton in 1984 and 32-year-old Rose Evans in 1991 in Cleveland, Ohio. Samuel has previously confessed to killing of 90 other women, however not all of those killing have been confirmed. Over the past several years, Samuel given accounts, which he remembers in great details, regarding the women he has killed. Police and the FBI have been working off this information to match them to cold cases across the country. So far, over 50 cold cases have been solved as a result of Samuel’s confessions. Samuel is currently in prison in Texas, although he has also been convicted in California. Some of Samuel’s confessions have been the result of a plea deal, which ensures he would not be sentenced to death. Samuel was arrested in 2012, on drug charges, before DNA evidence connected him to three murders.


Thirty-six-year-old Derek Don Posey, an oil field worker, has been sentenced to death in Oklahoma, a state that has had a number of problems with carrying executions. Most recently, in 2015, executions were halted in the state after there was a drug mix-up. Derek was convicted and sentenced to death for the rape murder of 22-year-old Amy Gibbins and her 5-year-old son Bryor, on June 16, 2013. After breaking into Amy’s home and raping her, he set the home on fire, killing the mother and son.


Fifty-year-old Marlin Nelson, a follower of Charles Manson, was sentenced to death in Texas in 1987, for the murder of a telephone switchman. He has also been linked to a string of gay hate crimes. Now, a court has determined that the instructions given to the jury in his 1987 case were flawed. Marlin has been removed from death row and given a new sentence of life in prison, plus 10 years, 20 years and a second life sentence for a trio of other decades-old crimes. The sentences will ensure Marlin is kept in prison the rest of his life.



Vietnam: Thirty-seven-year-old Tho No Bi, a Lao man, has been sentence to death for smuggling drugs in the country. Tho confessed to the crime, saying he needed the money for his nine children, whom are living in poverty and hunger. The court sentenced him to death for the large amount of drugs he was transporting.

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