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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: Public execution in Kermanshah

Kermanshah, Iran, 8 MAY 2016
Iran Human Rights (MAY 8 2016): One prisoner was hanged publicly in the "Azadi" (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah, western Iran. 

The public execution was carried out in front of hundreds of people Sunday morning May 8.

According to the Iranian state-run news agencies Fars and YJC the prisoner who was identified as "Fardin R." was convicted of Moharebeh (waging war against God), through participation in an armed robbery. 

A few people were injured during the robbery but no one was killed, said the report.

The Azadi (Liberty) Square of Kermanshah has been the site of several public executions in the past.

Source: Iran Human Rights, May 9, 2016

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