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States to try new ways of executing prisoners. Their latest idea? Opioids.

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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…

Pakistan hangs four in two days

February 24, 2016: four murder convicts were hanged in Pakistan in two days.

Three prisoners were hanged in two jails on February 23.

In Toba, Mumtaz Ahmad of Bhakkar was hanged for killing Noor Muhammad Khaira in Chak 264/GB Rajana some 24 years ago.

In Sahiwal, two murder convicts were hanged in Central Jail early in the morning while execution of another was postponed.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to the heirs.

Faiz was executed for killing a man named Barkat in 1992 while Ramzan had murdered three women in 2004.

On February 24, another death row convict was executed in the Central Jail of Mainwali.

According to details, Naimat Gul was convicted of killing a man over marriage dispute in 1993.

The mercy plea of Gul had been rejected by the government authorities.

The dead body of the convict was handed to his legal heirs.

Source: channel24.pk, Feb. 24, 2016

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