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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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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…

Bill allowing death row inmates to be executed by nitrogen gas sails through Alabama House panel

Alabama's death chamber
A bill to allow death row inmates to be executed by nitrogen gas passed the Alabama House on Wednesday.

"It's about options. It's not a debate about the death penalty," the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, told the committee.

Pittman said the execution method, formally known as nitrogen hypoxia, is a humane way to put someone to death. He said nitrogen hypoxia eventually leads to unconsciousness and then death.

"It's not like asphyxiation where you build up pain and your have some issues and you understand you're under duress," Pittman said.

The bill gives death row inmates the option to choose nitrogen hypoxia, electrocution or lethal injection. 

The executions would be conducted at Holman Correctional Facility at Atmore, and the bill gives the Department of Corrections the ability to choose the accommodations for them.

Rep. Mike Holmes, R-, said the bill would create a valid option in the wake of the state's struggles with lethal injection.

"We're having problems getting chemicals," Holmes noted.

Pittman said 2 states - Mississippi and Oklahoma - allow for death by nitrogen hypoxia but the method has yet to be used in an execution.

The state Senate passed the bill late last month. It now heads to the full House.

Source: al.com, March 8, 2018


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