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The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row.
As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents are fighting those plans. They have warned that such an untested use of fentanyl could lead to painful, botched executions, comparing the use of it and other new drugs proposed for lethal injection to human experimentation.
States are increasingly pressed for ways to carry out the death penalty because of problems obtaining the drugs they long have used, primarily because pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply their drugs for executions.
The situation has led states such as Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma to turn to novel drug combinations for executions. Mississippi legalized nitrogen gas this s…

Iran: Inmate Executed on 'Enmity Against God' Charge

Iranian official sources report on the execution of a prisoner in Zanjan's central prison on a Moharebeh charge (commonly translated as "enmity against God").

Iran Human Rights (JAN 13 2017): The Zanjan Prosecutor, Hassan Mozaffari, has reported on the execution of a prisoner on a Moharebeh charge at Zanjan's central prison. 

According to the report, a crowd of people watched as the prisoner, only identified as "H.S.", was hanged in the prison's vicinity on Tuesday January 12.

According to Mozaffari, the prisoner was arrested in July 2014 after he and an accomplice, identified as A.A., allegedly committed rape, piracy, extortion, armed robbery, and torture and physical assault. 

A.A. was reportedly hanged on rape charges on the morning of Sunday April 26 2015.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 13, 2016

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