continue to suffer the death penalty in the 21st century. The majority have
been hanged or beheaded, whilst others have been shot or executed by lethal
injection.Two have suffered
electrocution in America and
at least five have been stoned to death in Afghanistan,
Iran and Somalia.
2015 case details.
has been reported that four unnamed women were hanged in Shahab prison in the
city of Kerman (southern Iran) for drug
offences on January the 1st.There has been
no official confirmation of these executions.
Saudi Arabia beheaded Burmese born, Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib
Basim, at Makkah on Monday the 12th of January after she was found guilty of
the murder of her seven-year-old stepdaughter.
killed the child by beating her severely and inserting the stick of a broom
into her genitals “without any mercy or compassion”.
Just after midnight on
Saturday the 18th of January two women were executed for drug trafficking in Indonesia.They were among six convicts to face firing
squads for drug offences.Indonesian
born Rani Andriani, alias Melisa Aprilia, (age 38) was convicted of smuggling
3.5 kilograms of heroin and sentenced to death by the Tanggeran District Court
on the 22nd of August 2000.She was
executed at the maximum security Nusa Kambangan prison island along with four
men and buried at Ciranjang, Cianjur, West Java, where she asked to be interred
beside the grave of her mother.
37 year old Tran Bich Hanh
was executed at 00.46 am. on Sunday the 18th of
January in Boyolali, according to a spokesman for the attorney general’s
office, Tony Spontana. She had asked authorities to let her face the firing
squad un-cuffed. She was shot by firing squad at Boyolali, in Central
Java, and afterwards her body cremated at Semarangs Kedungmundu
crematorium early Sunday morning.
She had been arrested at Adi
Soemarmo in Boyolali while carrying 1.1 kilograms of methamphetamine in her
body. Hanh was sentenced to death in November 2011.
2014 case details.
the week ending January 26, 2014, three prisoners including a
women were hanged in the city of Delfan
in Lorestan province
of Iran for drug
Tuesday the 4th of March, 26 year old Farzaneh Moradiwashanged
within the prison of Isfahan in Iran for the
murder of her husband six years ago.She
had stabbed him to death as he slept, apparently to be able to be with her new
boyfriend, Saeed, whom she later blamed for the murder.In February 2014 she was given a one month
stay of execution to give further time for negotiating a pardon with the
victim’s family, which they ultimately refused.
was hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj,
Saturday the 10th of May, 2014.She was
identified only as Behjat and was convicted of murdering her husband with the
help of a man named Mohammad Jafari who was hanged in the same prison 10 months
ago.Her father in law and her two
daughters reportedly witnessed the execution and her father in law pulled the
support from under her.
A 28 year
old woman identified only as “S. T.” was hanged in the prison of Amol in Northern Iran on Thursday morning, May the 28th 2014. She
had been convicted of murdering her husband during a fight.Her mother in law pulled the chair from under
her, having refused to pardon her.
On the 16th of June, three men and one woman
convicted of murder and robbery were hanged in the prison of Assiut, in the first executions in Egypt since October 2011.
On the 4th of August Nepali maid, 26 year
old Shoba Barreer, was beheaded in Arar city in Saudi Arabia. She was found guilty
of murdering 2 year old Osama bin Moaidh bin Qaisom Al-Anzi, by slitting his
throat, the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press
An unnamed woman was reportedly hanged
alongside her juvenile son, Osman
Dahmardeh, on the 9th of Augustin the prison of Zahedan, Iran
Three prisoners including an unnamed woman
were hanged in the main prison of Zahedan in south-eastern Iran on drugs charges on the 22nd
On the same day two unnamed women were
executed by firing squad in Gaza for treason by
collaborating/spying for Israel.
50-year-old Li Lijuan was executed,
presumably by lethal injection on the 4th of September in east China's ZhejiangProvince
for starting a fire in a warehouse that killed three firefighters on the 1st of
January 2013.Li started the fire using
a lighter and boxes as revenge for a recent work adjustment, according to the
court. The fire caused $9.7 million worth of damage.
A 60 year old woman and a 31 year old man
were hanged in the prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) on the 11th of September.She had been convicted of participation in
buying, possession, trafficking and distribution of 3198 grams of heroin.
An unnamed woman was reportedly hanged for
murder on the 10th of September in Rajaeeshahr prison Iran, together
with one man.
Lisa Ann Coleman (38) was executed by lethal
injection on Wednesday the 17th of September at HuntsvilleTexas
for the murder of 9 year old Davontae Williams, whom she and the boy’s mother
had starved to death and abused over a long period in 2004.Marcella Williams is serving a life sentence
for her part in the murder.
Two unnamed women and two men were hanged
within the prison of Zahedan,
Iran on the
20th of September for drug trafficking.
26 year old Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in
the Rajaishahr prison of KarajIran at dawn on Saturday the 25th
of October, reported the Iranian state media. She was sentenced to “qesas”
(retribution in kind) for murdering 47 year old Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi in
2007, reported the state run Fars news agency.
Reyhaneh had claimed that she stabbed Mr. Sarbandi in self defence when he
attempted to rape her.Mr. Sarbandi died
from a single stab wound to the back.His family refused to pardon Reyhaneh or accept blood money, both of
which are permitted under Sharia law.Reyhaneh had received two stays of execution to allow more time for
On Tuesday the 2nd of December a female
prisoner identified as Marziye Ostavari and three male prisoners and were
hanged in the prison of Urmia (Northwestern Iran)
all having been convicted of drug trafficking.Also on this day 43 year old Akram Hosseini and her husband were among
11 prisoners hanged for drug offences in Karaj.
Ethiopian Khadija bint Mohammed Isa who
stabbed a small Saudi girl 30 times in her sleep was beheaded by the sword on
Tuesday the 9th of December Hafar al-Batin, northeast Saudi Arabia.
A woman identified only as F. Gh. Was hanged
in the prison of Qazvin, Iran on the 10th of December for
On the 25th of December a woman named only
as Nahid was hanged in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, Iran
for the murder of her husband in a failed suicide pact.She was executed alongside one man who was
put to death for a separate murder.
2013 case details. The
first female execution of 2013 took place in Saudi
Arabia’s Dawadmi province near Riyadh when Sri Lankan maid, Rizana Nafeek,
was beheaded for the murder of her employer’s baby. According to her passport
she was 23 at the time of the crime in 2005, although her supporters claimed
she was 17. She was convicted of smothering the infant to death after an
argument with the child’s mother.Nafeek
had always maintained that the baby had choked to death while drinking from a
unnamed women were among a group of 6 prisoners hanged in Isfahan, Iran
on Sunday the 27th of January 2013.All
were executed for drug offences.
M was hanged in Adel Abad prison, Shiraz, Iran on the morning of 19/02/2013
together with 7 men, all for drug trafficking.
state broadcasting announced that four prisoners, including two women, were
hanged in Kermanshah’s Dizelabad prison on the
22nd of April. The prisoners who were not identified by name were "major
distributors of narcotic drugs in the area" and had been convicted of
possession of 2000 grams of heroin and 25000 grams of opium.
old Miss Ruqiyo Hasan Mahamed Yusuf was one of six prisoners executed by firing
squad in Somalia’s
Puntland region on the 30th of April. They had been convicted in February 2013
of conspiring to assassinate Dr. Abdirahman who was killed as he left a mosque
in Bossaso in December 2011.A further
seven men were executed for terrorist offences at the same time.
Marami, age 34, was flogged and then hanged on the 22nd of May in Gharchak
prison, Varamin, Iran.She had been on death row for 13 years as has
her male co-defendant who is yet to be executed.It is thought that the flogging was imposed
for adultery but details of the crimes committed by the pair are unclear.
20th of June, Golafrooz Fayooj was one of four prisoners hanged in Shahr-e-Kord
prison (western Iran).
The group had been convicted of purchasing, possessing, and trafficking 4,534
grams of heroin.
Texas carried out its
500th execution on the 26th of June since resuming executions in 1982 (Charlie
Brooks was the 1st).
Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old
neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years and the
13th since Velma Barfield in 1984.
McCarthy, 52, had been convicted of the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal
stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had
agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher
knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
Authorities say McCarthy cut off Booth's finger to remove her wedding ring.
It was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist
who became addicted to crack cocaine. The other two cases were not proceeded
with due to the enormous cost of capital cases in the USA.
China executed two
women by lethal injection on two consecutive days, the 2nd and 3rd of
July.Ma Xiuling was put to death on
Tuesday the 2nd in Pingliang, north western China, for lacing her competitor
farm’s milk output with nitrite.A
one-month-old baby and two children under two died after drinking the poisoned
milk.An unnamed 35 year old Filipina
drug trafficker was executed on Wednesday the 3rd having been arrested with
6.198 kilos of heroin in her luggage at the HangzhouInternationalAirport on January 25,
2011. She was travelling from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates
with her 27-year-old male cousin who was also caught carrying 6.171 kilos of
heroin.The cousin’s death sentence was
suspended for two years.It is thought
that this was her eighteenth drugs run.Her family specifically requested that her name not be released.
unnamed prisoners, including 5 women, have been executed in Iran’s Zahedan
central prison for drug trafficking. The group were placed in solitary
confinement on July the 4th and hanged on Tuesday the 6th of July.
On the 19th of August two
unnamed women were among a group of 17 prisoners hanged, all but one for
terrorist crimes in Iraq.
An unnamed woman was hanged
on the 9th of September in the Central
Prison in the city of Orumieh, Iran, together with five men for drug
Three women, S. H, Z. S.
& N. S., were hanged in the prison yard of Yazd
on Thursday the 19th of September, together with five men, all for drug
On the 25th of September a
further three unnamed women were executed in the Central Prison of Urmia in Iran, again
together with five men, all for drug trafficking.
Two days later, Sydkhlyl Sadjadpour, age 43 was hanged for murder in Rajai
Shahr prison in Karaj, Iran.
Iraq hanged an unnamed woman for terrorism during the
seven day period up to 10/10.
26 year old Nastaran Safari
was hanged on the 21st of October in Kermanshah
prison together with six men, for a murder committed when she was 19.
Mitra Shahnavazi was hanged
on the 30th of October in prison in the city of Karaj for the murder of a policeman 11 years ago.Apparently the motive for the crime was
The following day two unnamed women were hanged in the Central Prison of Urmia,
for drug trafficking.
Six prisoners, among them
two women who’s initials were given as A. A. and R. A., were hanged in the
prison of Yazd (Central
Iran), early Thursday morning, 21st of November.All had been convicted of drug trafficking.
Eleven prisoners, among them
one unnamed woman, were hanged in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj
on the 26th of November for drug offences.
2012 case details.
Two women were confirmed as having been hanged in Iraq during January 2012 but no
further details were released by the Justice Ministry.
10th of March two unnamed women were among a group of eight prisoners hanged in
Zahedan in Iran
for drug offences.
among seven prisoners hanged on the 16th of May in Kermanshah, Iran
for keeping and carrying 27 kilograms of heroin.No other details of her were released.
unspecified date in late May, Fang Ruifeng, 38, and Wu Yuling, 49, two
villagers from Huilai's Qianzhan township were executed for producing fake
banknotes worth 286 million yuan ($45.39 million) in Huilai county, in China’s Guangdong
province, The counterfeit operation introduced about 140 million yuan of the
forged notes into circulation, local police said.
Egyptian brother and sister were beheaded in Medina, Saudi Arabia
on the 19th of June for kidnapping and torturing a nine year old girl.Mohammed
bin Nafe and his sister Jamalat bin Nafe imprisoned the girl in their
house for 3 ½ years, with Mohammed
repeatedly raping her. They planned to smuggle the unnamed little girl out if
the country.They also neglected their
own children which led to the deaths of two of them.
28 year old Safieh Ghafoori
was hanged in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz,
Iran early in
the morning of12th of
July. Ghafoori was
convicted of the 2006 murder of a young woman who she saw as a love rival.
48 year old Tabara Samba
(Senegalese) was among a group of nine prisoners executed during the night of
27th of August in Gambia’s
Mile II Central Prisons for the murder of her husband in March 2007.She was sentenced to death by hanging
although according to official reports she was executed by firing squad.
On the 27th of August three
unnamed women were among a group of 21 prisoners hanged for terrorist crimes in
65 year old Sachiko Eto was
hanged on the 27th of September at the Sendai Branch Detention House in
northeastern Japan.She was a faith healer who beat six followers
to death during "exorcism" rituals in Sukagawa, FukushimaPrefecture,
in 1994 and 1995. Two of the victims were male. Eto ordered the beatings, and
took part in them with her followers.Eto’s daughter and another member of the cult were also given life
sentences for their parts in the murders.
An unnamed woman was hanged
in the prison of Kermanshah,
with two men on Monday the 3rd of December.All three had been convicted of drug trafficking.
On the 3rd of December Yemen
executed by shooting Hind al-Barti at the central prison in the capital, Sanaa,
for a murder of another girl committed about seven years ago when she was just
15 years old.
2011 case details.
On Saturday the 28th of January 46 year old Zahra Bahrami was hanged in
Tehran’s Evin prison having been convicted of "selling and possessing
drugs", the Tehran prosecutor's office said in a statement, adding that
she had been arrested for "security crimes" in December 2009 after
participating in anti-government protests while visiting relatives in Tehran.
14th of March Adiva Mirza Soleyman Kalimia and her husband Varjan Petrosian
were reportedly hanged in Tehran’s Evin prison
although it is not clear on what charges.A further two unidentified men and one women were executed with them.
Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain were put to death by lethal
injection on the 29th of March. Elizabeth
Batain, 38, was executed at a prison in the southern city of Shenzhen. Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, 32, was
executed with Ramon Credo in the port city of Xiamen. They were the first Filipinos to be
executed in China
for drug trafficking, Philippine officials said.
old Mao Ran who had been convicted of organising large-scale drug trafficking
was executed in Xiamen
on Wednesday the 13th of April, probably by lethal injection.
the 13th of May two young women were hanged in Sudan for stoning a child to death
in the Al-Azhari area of Khartoum
in revenge over a dispute with the child's mother, according to a BBC report.
were sentenced to death by the Hay al-Nasr criminal court under article 130 of
the penal code.
Ruyati Binti Sapubi, 54, was beheaded in Mecca on Saturday the 18th of June for
murdering a Saudi woman, Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid, by striking her repeatedly
on the head with a meat cleaver and stabbing her in the neck.It is thought that she was Mijlid’s maid.
who had been convicted of trafficking 555 grams of heroin was hanged within
prison in the city of Rafsanjan in Iran along with fellow trafficker Khodadad
M. (male) on Thursday July20th.
29 year old Leila Hayati was
hanged for drug trafficking on September the 28th in Hamedan. On October the
5th, 32 year old Roghiyeh Khalaj and 35 year old Horiyeh Sabahi were hanged
there also for drug trafficking.
12th October Suad bint Hosni al-Enzi and her sister Muna were beheaded in the
Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh
for the murder of Namsha bint Khozaim al-Enzi after breaking into her
house.Suad bint Hosni al-Enzi stabbed
the victim to death while Muna held the woman’s daughter to prevent her from
assisting her mother.
woman, Ghazala bint Nasser al-Balawi was beheaded in Riyadh on Wednesday 19th of October, having
been convicted of burning her husband, Ali al-Shehri, to death by pouring
petrol into his house and setting it on fire whilst he was asleep.
Yaping, a Chinese government official in Liaoning
province was executed on the 9th of November for massive embezzlement of public
funds amounting to 32.39 million yuan (US$5.14 million).The Intermediate People's Court of Shenyang,
capital of Liaoning,
sentenced her to death in December 2010 and the provincial court upheld the
verdict in June 2011 after she appealed.The media dubbed her the "land ma'am".
unnamed woman was one of eleven people reported hanged in Iraq on terrorism charges on the
17th of November.
unidentified woman was among six criminals hanged for drug offences in Iran on the 29th of November in Kermanshah.
was executed by lethal injection in the Chinese city of Chongqing on the 7th of December for forcing
more than 300 women into prostitution between 1994 and 2009. Seven of these
women died in suspicious circumstances.
African born 38 year old Janice Bronwyn Linden was executed by lethal injection
on the 12th of December in China.She was arrested in November 2008 for
possession of 3kg of methamphetamine on her arrival at the airport in the
southern city of Guangzhou.
On the same day Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was beheaded in the northern Saudi
of Jawf for
"practising witchcraft and sorcery," the Interior Ministry said in a
statement carried by SPA, the state news agency.
Tuesday the 13th of December China
executed Yang Jufen who was the mistress of gang leader Jiang Jiatian (also
executed), and another gang member, Xie Mingxiang. Jiang made a fortune from
drug trafficking in the mid-1990s and invested his earnings in at least 10
teahouses, Internet cafes and hotels in Kunming.
He organized a gang of 41 members and nearly all of his businesses were used as
dens for prostitution, extortion, racketeering, and the sale of drugs and
24th of December a woman identified only as Nahid A. was among seven prisoners hanged for drug offences in the north
western Iranian town of Oroumieh.
women were confirmed as having been hanged in Iraq during 2011 by the Iraqi
Justice Ministry but names, dates and crime details were not given.
2010 case details (6 executions).
Jihan Mohammed Ali was hanged in Egypt’s
Giza prison on
the 10th of March for the murder of her husband in 2004.Her co defendant, Atef Rohyum Abd El Al
Rohyum was hanged in Isti’naf prison on the same day. Jihan had stated she
acted alone in killing her husband and that Atef had done no more than help her
move the body. She claimed that she had acted in self defence as her husband
was beating her.
born Shirin Alamhouli (age 28) was hanged with four men in Tehran’s Evin prison on Sunday the 9th of May
for planting a bomb under a car in a Tehran
parking lot belonging to the elite Revolutionary Guards.All five were members of the Party of Free
Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).
the 23rd of September saw the first US female execution for five years,
that of 41 year old Teresa Lewis at the Greensville Correctional Centre in Virginia.Lewis hired two men, Matthew Shallenberger
(who later became her lover) and Rodney Fuller to murder her husband Julian and
stepson Charles, known as CJ, for a $250,000 life insurance which she would
receive if they both died.The crime was
committed in the family trailer on the 30th of October 2002, both victims being killed by
shotgun blasts.Lewis pleaded guilty at
her trial and was put to death by lethal injection at having lost her appeals and been denied
clemency by the State Governor. Shallenberger and Fuller both got life
sentences in separate trials although Shallenberger later committed suicide in
Iran hanged an unnamed
woman and three men on Sunday
the 10th of October 2010 in a prison in the north western city of Zanjan after they were
found guilty of drug trafficking, the Fars
news agency reported.
Shahla Jahed (age 40)
was hanged in Tehran’s
Evin prison at on
Wednesday the 1st of December for the 2002 murder of her football star
boyfriend’s wife, Laleh Saharkhizan, in 2002.Members of Laleh Saharkhizan’s family were present at the execution and
it is reported that her son removed the bench from under Shahla Jahed’s feet
leaving her suspended.Her murder
conviction had been overturned in 2008 but was re-instated the following
year.Shahla maintained her innocence
throughout.The case gripped Iran as Nasser
Mohammed Khani was a famous football player who had taken Shahla as a temporary
the 19th of December Iran
hanged Mahin Qadiri, a female serial killer, in the central city of Qazvin. She had been
convicted of murdering five middle-aged women between February 2008 and May
2009 and stealing from them for which she received 74 lashes. Reportedly she
rendered them unconscious before strangling them.
2009 case details (19 executions). 33
year old Masoumeh Ghale Jahi was hanged in the Iranian prison of Rafsanjan on January the 29th 2009, for
the murder of her husband nine years previously. She claimed that the killing
A'isha Al-Hamzi, a 40 year old Saudi born mother of seven, was executed by
machine gun in the Central Prison in Sana’a in the Yemen on Sunday the 19th of April
for the murder of her husband in 2002.Her children had refused to pardon her, which they were entitled to do
under Yemeni law.
executed by shooting in the north western Saudi Arabian province of Hail
on the 20th of April for the shooting murder of her husband Ghanim al-Sebei.
She later burned his body with the help of her daughter Fawziya, who was
sentenced to 15 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for her part in the crime.
On the 2nd of May Delara Darabi, aged 23, was hanged in Iran at Rasht Central
Prison despite a two-month stay of execution in the case issued on the 19th of
April 2009, by the head of the Judiciary.She had been convicted of the murder of her father's cousin in September
2003, at the age of 17, although it is thought that her boyfriend actually
committed the crime and that she initially confessed to save him.
At dawn on Wednesday 6th of May, Zeynab Nazarzadeh and three men were hanged in
Prison.28 year old Zeynab was executed
for the murder of her husband.
On Wednesday 13th of May a 30 year old woman named Azita was hanged with her
male co-defendant Mohammad, for smuggling three kilograms of crack cocaine in a
prison in Qazvin
in Iran.One week later on the 20th of May a 29 year
old woman, identified only as Afsaneh, and three men were hanged in the
southern Iranian city of Shiraz
according to the Etemaad newspaper. She had been convicted of murdering and
then burning the body of her husband, with the help of her lover, in July 2006.
A woman was
amongst eight prisoners executed for drug trafficking in China on the
25th of June.Yan Chaomin, aged 59, had
previous convictions for drug offences and was executed by shooting in Sichuan province for
having been caught with 200g of heroin on her person.
claimed that 33 year old mother of three, Ri Hyon Ok, was publicly executed in
North Korea on the 16th of June for distributing copies of the bible and of
spying for South Korea and the United States.There is no means of verifying this but it is probably true.
unnamed woman was hanged in Iran’s
on the 15th of July for killing her father in law four years ago.She claimed the killing, which happened
during a family dispute was unintentional but the victim’s family did not accept
this and refused to pardon her.
Wednesday the 29th July a woman identified only as Jamileh, aged 25 and one man
were hanged in the prison of Shiraz (southern Iran) early, reported the Iranian
daily Etemad. She had been convicted of murdering her husband in 2004.
old beauty parlour owner Du Yimin was executed, probably by lethal injection,
on Wednesday the 6th of August in Lishui City, Zhejiang province in China for a
massive fraud which netted her over 700 million yuan ($102.5 million) which according
to China's highest court had "seriously damaged the country's financial
regulatory order and social stability," the official Xinhua News Agency
6th of October, a man, Abdollah J. and two women, Khadijeh J. and Fouzieh J.
convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in a prison in the south-western
Iranian city of Ahvaz.
Iran hanged five
convicted murderers in the capital's Evin prison on 20/10/2009, including 27 year old
Soheila Ghadiri who had been convicted of killing and chopping up her
five-day-old son in 2006.
Soheila ran away from home at 14 and had been arrested in the past for
conducting illegal relationships it was reported. The trial court was told that
she had been suffering from depression following the birth.
Saudi Arabia beheaded Halima
Abdelkader, a Sri Lankan national, on the 4th of November for her part in the
robbery/murder of her employer, Marriam Hussein in Jeddah.She had let two other assailants into the
11th November Beygum P. was hanged in a prison in the central Iranian city of Esfahan for drug
trafficking together with two men, Vahid Sh., Rasoul T.
reported on the 14th of December that Zhao Qingmei, a school teacher, has been
executed in China’s Guizhou province for forcing 22 pupils, some as young as
six, and an older girl into prostitution between March and June 2006.Zhao was also convicted of aiding her husband
in the rape of a child.
2008 case details. (up to 30 executions)
27 year old mother of two, Raheleh Zamani was hanged in Tehran’s Evin prison on Wednesday the 2nd of
January. She had killed her husband Mohammad in 2005 by beating his head with
an iron bar after discovering he was having an affair with another woman. She
then chopped up the body and hid the pieces in several containers. Raheleh had
been due to be hanged on December the 19th 2007 along with Zahra N (see below), but was given a last-minute
stay of execution to allow her time to reach a “blood money” deal with her
Saudi Arabia executed an
Indonesian housemaid, Yanti Sukardi, on Saturday the 12th of January, in the
of Asir. She had been
found guilty of using a pillow to suffocate her employer, Aisha Al Makhaled and
stealing her jewelry.It is probable
that she was shot by a single executioner from behind, instead of beheaded.
In Mecca on
Wednesday the 16th of January Saudi
Arabia beheaded Nashat Haji and his 27 year
old wife Iman Ghazawi, who had been convicted of torturing to death Khosoun, a
nine-year-old girl, by burning her with a red-hot spoon and beating her with a
metal pipe. Haji decided to "get rid of" his daughter after he became
doubtful that he was her biological father from a previous marriage, however DNA tests showed a 99.9% probability that the child
was in fact his.
Saudi’s third female beheading of 2008 took place in Mecca on the 29th of
January when Nigerian born Tawa Lawal Ibrahim was executed for drug
trafficking.On the 16th of February it
was reported that North
Korea executed eight women by shooting for
taking part in an illegal fishing expedition.
China executed Dongmei
Lee by shooting on the 4th of March at Chang Sha for an unspecified crime.It has been reported that the following day North Korea
executed 13 women by shooting for travelling into China in search of food.
In the early hours of Saturday 20th of July Indonesia executed a 60 year old
woman named Sumiarsih together with her 44 year old son, Sugeng for the murders
of a family of five in 1988. The execution was carried out by police firing
squad in East Java.
On the 27th of August Iran
hanged 34 year old Shabnam Setayesh, in Tehran’s
Evin prison. She had stabbed her husband to death after she found out that he
wanted to divorce her and marry another woman.
It is reported that five unnamed women were shot in North Korea on the 7th of October
after a public trial in the Public Stadium at Hoiryeong in NorthHamkyungProvince.They had been convicted of prostitution
and/or assisting the border-crossing of defectors.
On the 27th of October 13 year old Aisho Ibrahim Dhuhulow was publicly stoned
to death at Kismayo in Somalia
in one of the city's main squares watched by thousands of people.This was a quasi-judicial execution carried
out by Islamist insurgents who had captured the city from government forces in
August.She was reportedly buried up to
her neck in the ground before a group of men stoned her. Her age was given as
23, not 13 and her crime as adultery.It
has emerged since that she was actually a rape victim.This horrific execution of a child beggars
On Wednesday 26th November Fatemeh Haqiqat-Pajuh was hanged together with nine
men in Tehran’s
Evin Prison for the murder of her temporary husband in 2001. She told police
during interrogation that her motive was revenge after he raped her daughter
from a previous marriage.
Eight men and one woman were hanged in Tehran’s
Evin Prison, all for murder, on Tuesday 23rd December.The woman, said to be in her 30’s and named
Tayyabeh, was convicted of drugging and the burying alive her 7 year old step
daughter.She had confessed to this but
later recanted her confession, claiming it was extracted under duress.
case details. (7 executions) Only two countries executed women in 2007.They were Iran, where Zahra Nazari was hanged
on the 7th of May for an unspecified crime, probably murder. On Saturday the
14th of July a 29 year old woman, who’s name was only given as Houriyeh was
publicly hanged in north-western Iran using the jib of a lorry
crane, for the murder of her husband.Executed with her were her two male accomplices, Farhad and Reza, whom
she had hired to kill three of her in-laws. On Wednesday the 17th of October 30 year old Fakhteh
C. was hanged for the murder of her employer, in private within Tehran’s Evin
prison.8 men were also hanged there on
On Wednesday the 19th of December Zahra N. was hanged in private within Evin
prison for the murder of her husband, together with three men in unrelated
publicly beheaded three women in 2007. Hala bint Marzouk Al Outaibi was
executed in on Monday the 29th of January for pouring boiling water over the
head of another Saudi woman and hitting her with a metal bar. Mjedan bibi
Mohammed Sherif was beheaded with her co defendant Mohammed Sadiq Chirag Deen
on the 9th of March in Saudi
Arabia for drug smuggling. Both were
Pakistani. Ethiopian national Khadija Bint Ibrahim Moussa was beheaded in Jiddah, Saudi
Arabia on the 9th of May for stabbing to
death an Egyptian man during a dispute.
2006 case details. (14 executions) On
the 18th of January, Iran
hanged a young couple in private in Tehran's
Evin prison. Babak, and his wife, Raheleh had been convicted of killing a
mother and her 13 year old daughter during a burglary in July 2003. They took
gold and jewellery and then made their getaway in the victims' car.
A member of a child trafficking gang, 49 year old Lin Yudi, was executed by
shooting in the south eastern Chinese province of Fujian on the 24th of March
for her part in trafficking 31 baby boys, one of whom died.
On the 3rd of May Farzaneh Sadeqi was hanged in public in the Iranian province of Lorestan for murder.
Two unnamed women, were put to death by firing squad before dawn on Friday the
19th of May in the Vietnamese city of Ho
Chi Minh. They were shot with three men, having been
convicted of selling 2.8 kilograms (6 pounds) of heroin.
On Sunday the 21st of May, a woman only identified by the initials Mahboubeh M.
and her male accomplice only identified as Abbass H. were hanged in Iran’s
north-eastern province of Khorassan-Razavi having been convicted of murdering
the woman’s husband.
Lei Hemei, a 38-year-old widow, was executed in Yunnan Province, China
on the 9th of June for the murder of her young niece who she drowned in a
river. The crime was committed to get back at her mother-in-law who tried to
prevented her remarrying.
An unnamed woman was among 27 people hanged in Iraq on the 6th of September,
probably for murder.
Nigerian born Amina Amouri Mohammad was publicly beheaded in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia on the 31st of October for smuggling
cocaine into the country in her stomach.
Two Pakistani women were publicly beheaded in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
on Wednesday the 8th of November for drug offences. They were Gul Asmat bint
Gul Zaman and Shehzad Kee bint Nadir Khan who were executed with a male
accomplice, Sherif Khan bin Gul Zaman.
On Wednesday the 6th of December Mohammed Mayaseed and his daughter
Abagan Rafik were put to death in Mecca,
after being convicted of smuggling heroin into the kingdom inside their
On Monday the 11th of December, Bangladeshi born
Jasmine Anwar Hussain, 23, and her co-defendant Mohammed Hilaluddin, 33, were
executed by firing squad at Bahrain’s
Jaw prison for battering to death a Bahraini housewife.
Liu Yibing and her former boss, Zhou Limin a branch manager at the China
Construction Bank, were executed, probably by lethal injection, on the 14th of
December in the Chinese city of Xian
for a massive fraud on the bank’s customers.
2005 case details. (9 executions)
Noura bint Khalaf al-Harbi was publicly beheaded in the Saudi Arabian
capital, Riyadh on Monday, the 7th of February 2005, having been convicted of
setting her mother-in-law, Noura bint Salem al-Harbi, on fire as she slept,
following a family dispute.
A 49 year old Indonesian woman named only as
Astini was executed by firing squad early on Sunday, the 20th of March, for
multiple murders and mutilating her victims in East Java
more than a decade ago. The execution took place in a secret location in East Java's provincial capital of Surabaya, 600 kilometres east of Jakarta.
On the 19th of May, Zhu Yaying was executed in China
along with her lover, Wang Junping, a former prosecutor in Yangquan, Shanxi
Province together with Zhu Yaqi, a hitman, for the murder of Wang’s former
lover, Wang Xiaoli and her daughter.
24 year old Wu Xiaohui, was executed in China on Friday, the 24th of June
for drug trafficking and being responsible for the deaths of two drug mules who
died when they failed to pass heroin out of their bodies naturally and were
On Sunday, the 26th of June, Chen Junyan and
her male partner, Deng Pantao, were sentenced to death by the Kunming intermediate court in China’s Yunnan province, having
been charged with murder after they killed a dealer to steal his drugs. It is
not known whether they were shot or given lethal injections.Their executions, along with those of eight
other drug traffickers were ordered to be carried out Immediately.
On the 6th of July, Roya, 28, (female) and
Mohammad, 30, were hanged inside the prison in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
Apparently Roya had agreed to a "temporary marriage," permitted under
Iranian law, to Mohammad Kouhpayeh, her employer. When the marriage contract
expired, she married another man, also called Mohammad. Roya demanded that her
former husband return some photos but he refused, and she and her new husband
murdered him in 1999.
On Sunday, the 10th of July, Noura bint Salman
al-Faidi was beheaded in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for stabbing Dalal bint Abdullah
al-Faidi (female) to death after which she poured petrol over her body and set
fire to it.
Forty year old Frances Newton was executed by
lethal injection on the 14th of September in Texas. She had been convicted of killing her
husband and two children to gain $100,000 in insurance benefits
On the 7th of December, 20 year old Akram N.
was hanged in Shirvan in northeast Iran. She had been convicted of
stabbing to death another woman identified as Maryam A. in 2001.
2004 case details. (25
On or about January 25th, an unnamed woman was given 80 lashes and then
hanged in private in Iranafter being convicted of luring young girls and women
to work in a brothel in the northern Iranian city of Qazvin.
On the 12th of February, 45 year old Nguyen Le Hong was publicly executed by
firing squad in southern Vietnam
in the presence of several thousand people. She had been convicted of running a
group of around 16 thieves in Tien Giang, south of Ho Chi Minh City. Members of the
gang befriended people and then offered them food and drink laced with
narcotics before robbing them when they became unconscious.
Five days later, Wu Yanxia, a woman farmer from central China's HubeiProvince, was executed for burglary
and voluntary manslaughter – it is not known whether she was shot or given a
lethal injection which is increasingly used in China.
Two female drug traffickers, 42 year old Duong Thi Lien and 52 year old Nguyen
Thu Ha, were executed by firing squad at the Cau Nga execution ground in the Tu
Liem district of Hanoi in Vietnam
at dawn on Tuesday, the 17th of February.
March the 1st saw the hanging of 24 year old Ibtisam Hussein in Jordan’s Swaqa
Penitentiary for the murder of two children. The rope broke at the first attempt
and she was hanged again an hour later. The children were members of her
fiancé’s family who opposed her marriage plans. She drowned them in the JordanValley
canal, apparently as an act of revenge.
Chinese national, Yen May Woen, 37 was hanged for drug trafficking at Singapore’s
Changi prison on the 19th of March alongside Jin Yugang (male) who had been
convicted of murder.
Nguyen Thi Ha, 48, was executed by firing squad for the same offence in Vietnam on the
9th of April. Nguyen Thi Hien, aged 57, was executed by firing squad in Hanoi
on the 12th of May, having been sentenced to death for defaulting on more than
11 billion dong (almost a million US$) in loans from her relatives and friends.
Diba Zomorodian, a microbiology student, was hanged in Qazvin (western Iran) on June 29th for an
On the 1st of July, an unnamed 27 year old woman was hanged in Iran’s Qazvin prison for the murder of her 78 year old
father-in-law. It is thought that Monireh Ghasempour was hanged in public
in Tehran on
July 11th, although her crime is not known.
Sri Lankan born, Bader el-Nisaa Mibari, was publicly beheaded in Saudi Arabia
on Monday, the 12th of July for killing Sara bint Mohammed al-Haqeel, a Saudi
woman, while trying to rob her.
On Sunday, the 15th of August, 16 year old Atefeh (Sahaleh) Rajabi was hanged
in public in the town of Neka,
Northern Iran. She was put to death for
“engaging in acts incompatible with chastity.” Her “crime” was that she
had an unmarried boyfriend and was having sex with him. The unnamed
boyfriend was sentenced to 100 lashes and afterwards released. Atefeh’s age was
given as 22 in court and it has been reported that the judge took great
exception to her spirited self defence and himself pushed for her execution with
the Iranian Supreme Court. He is alleged to have actually put the noose around
her neck before she was hoisted into the air by a lorry mounted hydraulic
crane. It has been reported that she had 5 previous convictions for the same
offence and had been flogged and imprisoned for these.
On Thursday, the 9th of September, it was reported by the Chinese news agency,
Xinhua, that Hu Guohua and his girlfriend, Fan Shue, were executed by lethal
injection after being sentenced to death for murder by the Shizuishan city
court. Hu and Fan were convicted of murdering Fan's former fiancé. Indonesia
carried out the first execution of a woman for many years when 32 year old Thai
national, Namsong Sirilak, and her male accomplice
were put to death by police firing squad in Ha Tinh in central Indonesia for
smuggling 12Kg.of heroin into the country in February 1994.
On Wednesday, the 13th of October, an unnamed middle aged woman and five
unnamed men were shot by firing squad in Vietnam, having been convicted of
carrying 16.8 kilograms of heroin and 87 kilograms of opium from Laos into Vietnam.
Thirty two year old Ma Xiuqin was put to death in China for having more than 13
kilograms of heroin in her possession when she was arrested in July 2003. She
had been sentenced to death by a Beijing
court in January of this year. Also in China, Chen Xiaomei was put
to death on the 27th of October after conviction for lacing food served at a
funeral party with poison which resulted in the deaths of 10 guests. Vietnam carried out two female executions on consecutive days in
November. Thirty one year old Tran Thi My Ha was shot by a firing squad
on the 16th in central Quang Nam
province. She had been convicted of circulating 1.45 billion counterfeit dong
(equivalent to US$92,350). The following day, 37 year old Nguyen Thi Mai
and her two male associates, Giang A Chong and Dinh Dinh Lam, were shot in
northern Bac Giang province
of Vietnam after being
convicted of trafficking nearly 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of heroin.
Wu Yuancui, together with four men, Luo Jun, Zhang Shou, Zheng An and Hu Gang,
were executed in southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Friday, the 25th of
November for the murder of 5 people during a robbery at the home of a former
Hong Kong TV executive in May 2004. It is not known whether the five were shot
or executed by lethal injection. On Thursday, the 9th of December, China executed
38 year old Yu Mingfen together with her 24 year old male accomplice, Ren
Shunbo, who had abducted 11 boys, between 2 and 3 years old, from several
villages in their home county
of Huize between April
2001 and November 2003 and sold them to Ning Dewan, who was executed with them.
Seven of the children were rescued by police. On the 23rd of December, Hoang Thi Dan (age 46) and Tran Thi Bach Diep
(age 42) were executed by firing squad in Hai Phong in Vietnam beside murderer Hoang Trung
2003 case details. (8 executions) At least eight women were reported to have been
executed in this year. They were :- Yuan Xiuzhen, a 46-year-old woman, who
together with three men, Hu Aizhong, Yang Pinwu and Chen Shibin, were all put
to death in China on the 20th of May. Yuan Xiuzhen had earlier been sentenced
to imprisonment on embezzlement and fraud charges but was later released on
bail. While on bail, she murdered an elderly man in his 80’s who had lent
her money. She hit him with a bottle and then suffocated him with a towel. It
is not known whether Yuan was executed by shooting or lethal injection.
Four women were shot for drug trafficking at Wuhan, in central China on the 25th of June.They were 25
year old He
Xiuling, 49-year-old Ma Qingxui, Li Juhua and Dai Donggui. Zinat al-Sadat, a 34 year old Iranian nurse, was
hanged in a Tehran
prison on Wednesday, the 8th of October for strangling a 70 year old man and
his 11 year old grandson in 1999.
Bai Dezhen in her early 40’s, who had robbed and strangled a 78 year old
grandmother for drug money in Beijing, was executed (by shooting or lethal
injection) on Friday, the 21st of November, having been convicted by the No. 1
Intermediate People's Court.
On Wednesday, the 3rd of December, Qazma Al-Qahtani, a Saudi national, was
executed in Abha province (Asir) , Saudi Arabia for the murder by
suffocation of her husband. Initially, he was asleep and when he woke and
struggled with her, she stabbed him in the arm.Her motive was not disclosed.It
is probable that she was shot by a single executioner from behind, instead of
2002 case details. (10 executions)
Lynda Lyon Block became the first reported woman to be executed in 2002 when
she was put to death in Alabama's
electric chair on the 10th
of May 2002 for the murder of a policeman. Two days later on
Sunday, the 12th of May, Zainah bint Saeed bin Mohammed al-Qahtani was publicly
beheaded in Saudi Arabia
for murdering her father by crushing his head with a stone while he slept. On
the same day, 34 year old Ibtisam Ahmad went to the gallows in Jordan's Swaqa
prison with her boyfriend, Ibrahim Othman, aged 30, for stabbing and
suffocating Ahmad's husband who had rejected her divorce request.
On the 15th of August, 20 year old Liu Dongmeng, who had killed and dismembered
her lover's wife, was executed by a single shot to the back of her head in the
On the 8th of October 2002,
a woman identified only as Nasrin C was hanged in the city of Tabriz in Iran for the murder of her
sister-in-law. The execution was carried out in private at dawn inside
the prison. The following day, 46 year old Aileen Wournoss was executed by
lethal injection in Florida
for the murder of store owner Richard Mallory in 1989. She confessed to five
other killings later and had volunteered for execution.
A further female hanging took place in Iran on the 16th of October when an
unnamed woman was executed alongside four unidentified men, all for murder, in Tehran's Ghasr prison.
On Monday, the 21st of October, Saudi
Arabia publicly beheaded Noura Hamad with
her male accomplice, Al-Tarqi bin Atallah al-Salbi, for murder and theft of
their victim's car. No other details of Noura were reported.
On Sunday, the 29th of December, Zahra Baghshirin and Farahnaz Yuly were hanged
in a prison in Gachsaran in south western Iran. They had been convicted of
helping a friend get rid of her husband by stabbing him in the back and beating
him with batons.
2001 case details. (25 executions) 2001
saw a record number of verifiable female executions with at least 25 carried
out in nine countries. The first was that of Wanda Jean Allen, by lethal
injection, on the 11th of January in Oklahoma
for the murder of her lesbian lover.
On the same day, China
executed a married couple by shooting for defrauding the ChineseAcademy
of Sciences of about £5,600. Liu Yixia used the money to pay off the debts of
her unemployed husband, Liu Shaoyang, while the rest was "squandered
away" by them. Liu was an accountant for the academy's technological
development fund so was able to forge cheques and make out false cash
transfers. Major fraud and embezzlement are punishable by death in China.
Badriyah Hussein al-Inizi and her mother, Hameedah Saad Qassem, were publicly
beheaded on the 15th of
January 2001 in Saudi
Arabia. Badriyah was convicted of murdering
her father, Hussein al-Inizi, at the instigation of her mother. Badriyah gave
her father sleeping tablets, then shot him and with the help of her mother,
burned the body in a remote area in the desert. They were executed in the
of Hafr el-Baten.
On the 16th of February, Singapore
hanged 52 year old Julaiha Maniam, along with two younger men who had helped
her to kill her husband, a retired police officer, so that she could then
become the sole owner of their $1.15 million terrace house.
two unnamed women were publicly hanged for prostitution. These were the
first executions for this offence under the Taliban.
On the 19th of March in Iran's
a young woman and four men were publicly hanged for drug trafficking. Fariba
Tajiani Emamqoli's last words were translated as, "May God forgive
me" before she and her fellow prisoners were blindfolded and noosed. They
were lifted, kicking and struggling into the air by lorry mounted cranes in
front of about 200 witnesses who chanted "Allah akbar" - God is great
and "Death to the traffickers, death to the traffickers." (see also Iran
Mariette Bosch, aged 50, became the ninth woman to be executed in 2001 when she
was hanged at Gaborone Central prison in Botswana,
southern Africa, on Saturday, the 31st of
March for the murder of her lover's wife, Maria Wolmarans, on the 25th of June 1996. Her
appeal, heard by a panel of five Commonwealth judges, was turned down on the
29th of January and despite appeals from human rights groups in South Africa,
the Botswanan president refused to reprieve her. Click here for full article.
An unnamed Chinese woman was executed by shooting on April the 11th for killing
Marilyn Kay Plantz, 40, was executed in Oklahoma
by lethal injection on the
1st of May 2001 for organising the murder of her husband. She is
the seventh woman to be put to death in America since the resumption of
executions in 1977. Kuwait
hanged 24 year old Qadeer Kaleeja, an Indian maid, for strangling her elderly
employer and stealing her jewellery on the 17th of June. This was the first
female execution there since 1988.
Two unnamed women were shot in China
on the 21st of June for unspecified crimes. It is thought that an unnamed woman
was hanged in Iraq
for drug trafficking in June but this is not confirmed.
Thirty five year old Parvin Mirzaei was hanged in Kouhdasht in south western Iran on the 3rd
of July for the murder of a 65 year old woman 4 years ago because she was
afraid the older woman had learned of her decision to run away from home.
11th of July, Iran
executed 32 year old Maryam Ayoubi by stoning for the murder of her husband.
Her lover was hanged for his part in the murder. China shot Yao Wenhua and her
boyfriend, Chen Zongshan, on the 27th of July in Beijing after they murdered Yao's husband. China
executed two women and two men for trafficking in children on the 24th of
August. The names of the women were not reported. It is likely that they were
On the 12th of September, Iran
executed 37 year old Jamileh Assadpour, who had strangled to death an old woman
before robbing her house. She was hanged alongside three unnamed men in Tehran's Qasr Prison.
Saeedeh Qassempour Malayeri was hanged in the same prison 6 days later for
murdering her husband. Her lover, Amir-Hossein Fadaie, was also found guilty of
same three years ago and sentenced to death by a Tehran court. He however won a last-minute
Mona Fandy, her husband and their assistant, were hanged in Malaysia on the
2nd of November for a witchcraft murder of a state assemblyman and chopping him
into pieces during a black magic ritual in 1993. Click here for full
On the 5th of November, 21 year old Zhu Hongjuan was shot in the southern
Chinese city of Guangzhou
for smuggling heroin. It is probable that more women have been executed in China under the
"Strike Hard" campaign which saw some 1,730 executions from early
April to the end of 2001. Oklahoma
carried out its third female execution of 2001 on the 5th of December when Lois
Nadean Smith was given a lethal injection for the July 4th, 1982 murder of 21 year old Cindy
Baillee, whom she suspected of plotting to murder her son, Greg. This emptied
the female death row in that state at the time.
case details (6 executions) Saudi born, Fayzeh bint
Hamoud bin Khalaf al-Jo was beheaded on the 21st of February 2000 for burning
her husband to death by setting his bedroom on fire.
Amidst considerable international outcry, Nguyen Thi Hiep, who had dual
Canadian/Vietnamese nationality, was shot by a police firing squad on the 25th
of April 2000, in Hanoi, Vietnam after being found guilty of
trafficking in heroin in 1996.
Fatima Yossef al-Din Sayed was put before a firing squad in Doha Prison (Qatar)
on the 14th of June 2000, along with her two male accomplices for the murder of
Warani Samiran Awdi (Indonesian) was beheaded for murder in Saudi Arabia on
the 19th of June 2000.
Pakistani national, Mokhtiyara Khadem Hussein was executed for drug offences in
on the 18th of July 2000. Egypt
hanged Saleh Mansour Hashem on the
10th of September 2000 for murder. A British style noose and
measured drop are used and executions are carried out in private.
female executions are for murder or drug trafficking, although some women have
been put to death for prostitution and brothel keeping and a few for adultery
and other sexual offences in Islamic countries and for economic offences and
child trafficking in China. America, Botswana, China,
Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Japan, Jordan, Kuwait,
Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi
have all carried out death sentences for murder in the 21st century. China,
have executed women for drug offences and it is thought that they all have
women on death row at this time. India has three condemned women in
its prisons who face death by hanging, if their executions proceed.
three women have been stoned to death for incest and adultery, one in Afghanistan and
two in Iran.
Iran also executed a 35 year old woman by stoning on the 25th of May 2001 for
acting in "obscene sex films'' and stoned a 35 year old woman for
murdering her husband and adultery.
It is highly probable that the real figure for stoning executions is much
greater as this form of death sentence may be handed down and carried out
locally in remote rural areas and thus not always reported. Stonings are
usually carried out in public and by the public, although the latest stoning in
was carried out inside Tehran’s
Evin prison by officials. The poor woman was wrapped in a white shroud and then
buried up to her armpits in the prison yard to receive her punishment.
In Iran Article 119 of the Law of Hodoud and Qesas states, "In the
punishment of stoning to death, the stones should not be too large so that the
person dies on being hit by one or two of them nor should they be so small
either that they could not be defined as stones." Women are buried in the
ground up to their armpits as it is considered unacceptable for stones to hit
and the death penalty. Women
account for less than 1% of all executions carried out worldwide in recent
years and there is a marked reluctance to execute them in most countries. The
penal codes of most countries prohibit the execution of pregnant women, who are
either reprieved at once or, in theory, liable to be executed after they have
given birth. In practice, I can find no case where this has happened and all
such death sentences have been commuted.
Women tend not to commit the more heinous murders in the main and are more
likely to be convicted of family/domestic murders, which are often perceived as