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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…

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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