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.
2013 case details. The
first female execution of 2013 took place in Saudi
Arabia’s Dawadmi province near Riyadh when Sri Lankan
maid, RizanaNafeek, 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 bottle.
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.
Parinaz. 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.
Miss RuqiyoHasanMahamed 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
GitiMarami, 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, GolafroozFayooj
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
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
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
for terrorism in Iraq
during the period 03/10/13 to 10/10/13, as one of 42 terrorists executed during
Hyon Song-wol, the former
girlfriend of North Korea’s
leader, Kim Jong-un, was one of a group of 12 members
of the Unhasu Orchestra who were arrested on the 17th
of August for violating North Korean laws against pornography. They were
executed by shooting in public three days later on the 20th.The group were accused of videotaping
themselves having sex and selling the videos. A source said some allegedly had
Bibles in their possession, and all were treated as political dissidents.
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 trafficking.
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, SydkhlylSadjadpour,
age 43 was hanged for murder in RajaiShahr prison in Karaj,
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.
MitraShahnavazi 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
Eleven prisoners, among them
one unnamed woman, were hanged in the Ghezelhesar
prison of Karaj in Iran on the 26th of November for
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'sQianzhan township were executed for producing fake banknotes
worth 286 million yuan ($45.39 million) in Huilai county, in China’s
province, The counterfeit operation introduced about 140 million yuan of the forged notes into circulation, local police
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 SafiehGhafoori was hanged in
Adel Abad prison in Shiraz,
Iran early in
the morning of12th of
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 AdivaMirzaSoleymanKalimia and her husband VarjanPetrosian were reportedly
hanged in Tehran’s Evin
prison in Iran
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. ElizabethBatain, 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
were sentenced to death by the Hay al-Nasr criminal court under article 130 of
the penal code.
RuyatiBintiSapubi, 54, was beheaded in Mecca on Saturday the 18th of
June for murdering a Saudi woman, Khairiya bint HamidMijlid, 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.
Begam N. 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
29 year old Leila Hayati was hanged for drug trafficking on September the
28th in Hamedan. On October the 5th, 32 year old RoghiyehKhalaj and 35 year old HoriyehSabahi 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.
LuoYaping, 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.
Wang Ziqi 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 AbdulhalimNassar was beheaded in the northern Saudi Arabian province 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, XieMingxiang.
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 counterfeit
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.
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, AtefRohyumAbd 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 ShirinAlamhouli (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 prison.
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.
ShahlaJahed (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, LalehSaharkhizan, in 2002.Members of LalehSaharkhizan’s family were present at the execution and it
is reported that her son removed the bench from under ShahlaJahed’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 wife.
the 19th of December Iran
hanged MahinQadiri, 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 MasoumehGhaleJahi 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 was accidental. 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.
Laila Bin Hamdanal-Shammari was
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 DelaraDarabi,
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, ZeynabNazarzadeh and three men were hanged in Tehran’s Evin
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.
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, RiHyon 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 said.
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 SoheilaGhadiri
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
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 home.
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, RahelehZamani 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, YantiSukardi,
on Saturday the 12th of January, in the south-western province 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 NashatHaji and his 27 year old wife ImanGhazawi, 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 TawaLawal
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
On the 27th of August Iran
hanged 34 year old ShabnamSetayesh,
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 FatemehHaqiqat-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
men were also hanged there on that day.
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 cases.
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. Mjedanbibi Mohammed Sherif was
beheaded with her co defendant Mohammed SadiqChiragDeen 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 FarzanehSadeqi
was hanged in public in the Iranian province
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
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 AminaAmouri
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 GulAsmat bint GulZaman and ShehzadKee bint Nadir Khan who were executed with a male
accomplice, Sherif Khan bin GulZaman.
On Wednesday the 6th of December Mohammed Mayaseed
and his daughter AbaganRafik
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 poisoned.
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
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
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
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
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 TienGiang, 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 CauNga execution ground in the TuLiem 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 ThiHien,
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. DibaZomorodian, a microbiology student, was hanged in Qazvin (western Iran) on June
29th for an unspecified offence.
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 MonirehGhasempour was hanged in public in Tehran on July 11th, although her crime is
Sri Lankan born, Bader el-NisaaMibari,
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 HuGuohua 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, NamsongSirilak, 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
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 QuangNam
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 DinhDinh Lam,
were shot in northern BacGiangprovince 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, RenShunbo,
who had abducted 11 boys, between 2 and 3 years old, from several villages in
their home county
between April 2001 and November 2003 and sold them to NingDewan, 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 HaiPhong in Vietnam
beside murderer Hoang TrungKien.
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, HuAizhong, 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. BaiDezhen 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 beheaded.
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 Chinese province
On the 8th of October 2002,
a woman identified only as Nasrin C was hanged in the
city of Tabriz
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 NouraHamad 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
FarahnazYuly 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, HameedahSaadQassem, were publicly beheaded on the 15th of January 2001 in
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 eastern province of Hafr el-Baten.
On the 16th of February, Singapore
hanged 52 year old JulaihaManiam,
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. FaribaTajianiEmamqoli'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 below)
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 QadeerKaleeja,
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 ParvinMirzaei
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 MaryamAyoubi
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 JamilehAssadpour,
who had strangled to death an old woman before robbing her house. She was
hanged alongside three unnamed men in Tehran's
Qasr Prison. SaeedehQassempourMalayeri was hanged in
the same prison 6 days later for murdering her husband. Her lover, Amir-HosseinFadaie, 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 ThiHiep, 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 her husband. WaraniSamiranAwdi (Indonesian) was beheaded for murder in Saudi Arabia on
the 19th of June 2000.
Pakistani national, MokhtiyaraKhadem
Hussein was executed for drug offences in Saudi Arabia on the 18th of July 2000. Egypt
hanged SalehMansourHashem 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 Iran
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 their breasts.
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