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June 14, 2019

IDPN 2019 Issue 23

Belarus: On Thursday, June 13, 2019, the lawyer for Alyaksandr Zhylnikau received confirmation from the government that Alyaksandr “had departed to serve his sentence,” meaning that he had been executed. Alyaksandr, along with Vyachaslau Sukharko, was found guilty of murdering three individuals during a robbery. The duo murdered a couple after being hired to beat them up by the man’s ex-girlfriend, whom he cheated on. After being arrested, it was discovered that duo were also connected to an earlier murder of a 59-year-old man.

 

 

China: Zhu Jiye has been sentenced to death for killing one person and injuring 14 others at the Joy City shopping mall in Beijing. Zhu began attacking customers and staff, with a knife, at the mall after he arrived in February 2018, during Chinese New Year preparations. Zhu had struggled to hold down a job and had many disputes with his employers causing him to hold a grudge against society.

 

 

India: Six Hindu men, including a Hindu priest, have been convicted of participating in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl identified as Asifa, in January 2018. She was watching her families ponies when she was drugged and kidnapped. She was held captive and abused for five days before being killed. The crime has increased racial tensions between Muslim nomads and local Hindus in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and sparked violent protests. The prosecution was seeking the death penalty against three of the men who raped and murdered the girl, including the priest. They have instead been sentenced to life in prison. Three others, including two policemen, are convicted of destroying evidence and received five year sentences. The lawyer for the accused has announced already that they plan to appeal the verdict.

 

Rajkumar alias Dharmendra Yadav, has been sentenced to death for the rape, murder, and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl. The crime occurred in February 2015. The girl was lured into an abandoned building after being promised candy.

 

 

Indonesia: Junaidi Siagian has been sentenced to death for smuggling methamphetamines into the nation from Malaysia. Junaidi’s associat, Elpi Darius, was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the smuggling. The prosecution had asked that both men be sentenced to death.

 

 

Iran: Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of Iran, has defended the nation’s policy of executing homosexuals. When questioned about it, Zarif stated that homosexuality is against the “moral principles” of life and that it is also against the law and that it is important to abide and uphold laws. It is believed that in January, Iran hanged a man based on the homosexual law.

 

On Monday, June 10, 2019, an unnamed prisoner was executed by hanging at Rajai-Shahr prison. He was convicted of armed robbery.

 

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, an unnamed prisoner was executed by hanging at a prison in Ardabil. The man was convicted of killing two policemen and two civilians after the police ordered him to pull over while he was attempting to smuggle antiques.

 

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, three individuals were hanged at Rajai Shahr prison. One of the men was identified as Amir Tahmaseb. All were convicted of “corruption on earth and rape.”

 

 

New Zealand: Kyung Kim, a Korean citizen and current resident of New Zealand is accused of killing a 20-year-old Pei Yun Chen in Shanghai, China, in 2009. Kim has denied the charges, but in 2011, China requested that he be extradited for trial. After receiving assurances that Kim would not be tortured or sentenced to death, the former Justice Minister of New Zealand approved the extradition. Now, New Zealand’s Court of Appeal has issued a ruling that Kim cannot be executed because he faces a hight risk of torture and there is significant doubt that he will receive a fair trial.

 

 

Saudi Arabia: On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Mohammed Allah Akho Nezad Kal was executed in Dammam. The traditional method of execution is beheading with a sword. Mohammed, a Pakistani national was convicted of smuggling heroin.

 

 

United States of America: The disciplinary case against Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has been dismissed by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission due to amount of time between the compliant being filed and the commission taking up the case. The commission has not yet released a full written order explaining their dismissal, however there is a rule that all complaints must be disposed of within 18 months, a dead line the case has nearly reached. Judge Griffen was accused of violating his ethical responsibility as a judge when he participated in an anti-death penalty protest in front of the Arkansas’s Governor mansion by laying on cot. Earlier in the day, Judge Griffen has issued a ruling blocking the state from being able to carry out an execution due to complaints from the drug manufacturer. Shortly after the protest, the Arkansas Supreme Court removed Judge Griffen from presiding over any execution related cases.

 

Timothy Jones, Jr. has been sentenced to death in South Carolina, for the murder of his five children with his own hands. Timothy, a computer engineer, was granted custody of his children upon divorce with his wife and became very angry when any of the children showed preference for their mother. He killed the first child, a 6-year-old son, after he confessed to his mother on the phone to breaking an electrical outlet. Over the next several hours, he killed the rest of his children. He then placed them in the back of his SUV and drove for nine days before dumping them in five black garbage bags near Camden, Alabama. He was arrested a short time later when a police officer pulled him over and was overwhelmed by the stench of decomposition.

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