2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

Nebraska notifies death row inmate Carey Dean Moore of drugs it plans to use in execution

Potassium chloride
LINCOLN — Nebraska prison officials have notified another death row inmate they intend to carry out his execution using an untried combination of lethal drugs.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Friday it provided the execution notice to Carey Dean Moore, who shot and killed Omaha cabdrivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland in the summer of 1979.

The letter from Scott Frakes, the department’s director, informed Moore that it intends to use the following drugs in sequence: diazepam, fentanyl citrate, cisatracurium besylate and potassium chloride. They are the same drugs Frakes has said were obtained before a similar notice was given to death row inmate Jose Sandoval in November.

The state’s execution protocol requires inmates to be given notice of the drug at least 60 days before a death warrant is requested to carry out a lethal injection.

Attorney General Doug Peterson has not yet asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to issue a death warrant for Sandoval.

The four-drug combination Nebraska intends to use has not been used in any other lethal injection execution. Over the years, states have found it increasingly difficult to obtain execution drugs because manufacturers say they don’t want their products used in capital punishment.

Moore, 60, is the longest-serving inmate on Nebraska’s death row. Six times the Supreme Court has set execution dates for Moore, but each time the execution was stayed.

Twice Moore told the courts to disregard his appeals because he was ready to die. Both times, however, he changed his mind.

Source: BH News Service, Joe Duggan, January 19, 2018

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