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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…

Indonesia: Supreme Court rejects Freddy Budiman’s case review

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman (center).
Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict
Freddy Budiman (center).
The Supreme Court has rejected a case review filed by drug convict Freddy Budiman, who was found guilty of smuggling 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China and is awaiting execution.

Previously, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said Freddy was on the list of death row convicts to be executed in an upcoming third round of executions.

Prasetyo said the execution would not take place until the Supreme Court issued a decision on the case review.

“Yes, it is true that his case review has been rejected,” Supreme Court spokesman Ridwan Mansyur said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.

Freddy is also accused of coordinating further drug trafficking operations from inside prison, and was therefore moved to the high security prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, from his previous prison in Bogor, West Java.

On the court’s website, it was reported that the case review was received by the Supreme Court on July 13 from the West Jakarta District Court after it was submitted by Freddy’s lawyer, Untung Sunaryo.

The decision was made during a court hearing presided over by judge Andi Samsan Nganro with a panel of two judges, comprising Salman Luthan and Syarifuddin.

Freddy was sentenced to death by the West Jakarta District Court in 2012.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 22, 2016


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