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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…

Public Hanging in Northwestern Iran; Two Executions in Northern Iran

Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Public execution in Iran (file photo)
Iran Human Rights (JAN 8 2016): On the morning of Thursday January 7, a prisoner was reportedly hanged in public on murder charges.

The execution was reportedly carried out in public in the city of Khoy (in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan) while a crowd, including Iranian citizens and security agents, watched. Iran state run media Azarnegah identifies the prisoner as "V.R."

According to the report, the prisoner's death sentence was issued by the criminal court in West Azerbaijan and confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.

Iran Human Rights (JAN 10 2016): Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central prison, on drug charges. 

A report by the press department for Gilan's Judiciary says the executions were carried out on Saturday January 9 and identifies the prisoners as: V.A., 34 years old, sentenced to death for purchase and possession of 87 grams of heroin; and A.T., 33 years old, no previous criminal record, sentenced to death for possession of four kilograms and 960 grams of heroin.

Drug executions continue to rise in Iran, despite strong efforts by Iranian human rights and political bodies to end the death penalty for drug offenses.

Source: Iran Human Rights, January 8-10, 2016

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