June 28, 2019

IDPN 2019 Issue 26

Bangladesh: Seven individuals have been sentenced to death for their involvement in a 2016 terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka. Twenty-two people died in the attack. All seven are members of a militant group, who stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, 2016. A lawyer for the inmates have announced they plan to appeal the sentence.



Iran: Approximately 100 individuals have been arrested and accused of leading antigovernment protests. If convicted, they could be sentenced to death. They were protesting against rising fuel prices and cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has suggested authorities make examples of those arrested to end any additionally protests. In response to the protests, the government nearly completely shut down internet access throughout the entire country.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 29-year-old Jassem Heidari and Jamshid Torkashvand were executed by hanging at Bandar Abbas Central Prison. They had each been in prison for less than five years. They were convicted of separate murders.

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, Ebrahim Yar Hosseini was executed at the Shiraz Central Prison a/k/a Adel Abad prison. He was convicted of murder.



Malaysia: Fifty-five-year-old Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was sentence to death in December 2017 for trafficking drugs. Now, her sentenced has been overturned. Maria, an Australian, believed that she was in an online relationship with a soldier serving in Afghanistan, receiving from him regular letters, photos, and videos. In 2014, she flew to China to sign papers that would enable them to get married. A friend of his asked that she carry some Christmas gifts back to Australia with her. The drugs were found in the lining of her suitcase during a screening. Maria has always insisted that she did not know about the drugs. She expected to be released soon.



South Korea: On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, the Changwon District Court in South Gyeongsang Province sentenced 42-year-old Ahn In-deuk to death for the murder of five individuals. In April 2019, Ahn set fire to his apartment. Seventeen others were also injured in the arson attack. Ahn has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and has failed to obtain proper treatment for his illness, however the court noted that it does not relieve Ahn’s responsibility for the attack.



United States of America: Although U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has temporarily halted the resumption of federal executions, scheduled to begin in December 2019, Attorney General William Barr has signaled his willingness to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. The stay was granted because Judge Chutkan believed the inmates, who are arguing that the government is circumventing proper methods in order to execute inmates quickly, are likely to win their legal challenges. President Trump has expressed support of capital punishment, even suggesting expanding the crimes for which a person could be sentenced to death.

On Monday, November 25, 2019, Albert Johnson was found on his bed, in his cell, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Albert was 52 years of age. His cause of death is under investigation, with an autopsy scheduled. Albert was convicted and sentenced to death in Oklahoma for murder, and serving life sentences for shooting with intent to kill, forcible sodomy, first-degree rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.



Vietnam: Forty-eight-year-old Vi Van The, 62-year-old Hoang Van Song, 38-year-old Vi Van San, 43-year-old Loc Van Ngan, 47-year-old Hoang Van Phong, 42-year-old Hoang Van Y, 42-year-old Hoang Van Po, 29-year-old Nong Van Hun, 48-year-old Lang Van Thuong, 48-year-old Ma Van Khanh, and 57-year-old Quach Thi Xiep have all been sentenced to death. They were convicted of trafficking thousands of bricks of heroin. Forty-five-year-old Luu Tuan Hung was also convicted of trafficking drugs, however he received a life sentence.

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