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America's Secret Death Penalty Drugs

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Governments have gone to great effort to keep the sources and methods of their death penalty regimes secret.
In November, the Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years.
In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska's public record law.
In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial.
Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner's black hood of anonymity also covers the pharmacies that mix the deadly compounds used to kill prisoners. As letha…

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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