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Iran Execution Trends Six Months After the New Anti-Narcotics Law

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IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MAY 28, 2018): On Monday, May 10, 2018, Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported the execution of Kiomars Nasouhi, a prisoner sentenced to death for drug offenses. This execution is the first drug-related execution registered by IHR since the latest amendment to the Anti-Narcotics Law was enforced on November 14, 2017.
According to reports by IHR, at least 77 people, among them three juvenile offenders have been executed between January 1. and May 20, 2018. Four were hanged in public spaces. Of the reported executions 62 were sentenced to death for murder, seven for Moharebeh (being an “enemy of God”), seven for rape, and 1 for drug offenses. For comparison, it is reported that during the same period in 2017, at least 203 people were executed, 112 were executed for drug offenses. The significant reduction in the number of executions in 2018 seems to be due to a temporary halt in drug-related executions as the number of executions for murder charges were nearly the same as …

Nebraska: Death penalty controversy continues on eve of decision

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Omaha, Neb. (KMTV) -- - The fight over what drugs are being used in Nebraska to carry out capital punishment is being debated before a two time convicted killer finds out if he'll be put to death or not.

Patrick Schroeder will be back in Johnson County District Court on Friday with a decision in his death penalty case.  Schroeder is convicted of killing a farmer in 2006, and his cellmate in 2017 at the Tecumseh Prison.  He represented himself and didn't say anything in his defense at the hearing in April.  

This month, a judge heard the arguments in the case over the release of what death penalty drugs the state has purchased.  The ACLU is suing Governor Ricketts, the Nebraska Attorney General, and NE Department of Corrections because, they say, the state developed flawed execution protocol without reviewing it publicly.

Matt Maly with Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty says citizens voted to bring back the death penalty but didn't vote for experimentation and secrecy in the process.

"The death penalty is a huge mess right now in Nebraska.  the fact of the matter is we still don't know where these drugs have come from, we don't know if they're going to work, it is a cocktail that's never been used before," Maly explained.

Lethal injection was adopted in Nebraska years ago, but no executions have been carried out by that method in the state.

A Lancaster County District Court judge has taken the legal challenge under advisement.

The Governor's office says all the drugs were purchased from a licensed U.S. pharmacy, and one of the drugs expires in August.  

They added that the death penalty protocol is posted publicly online.  When examined by KMTV the protocol does not include the types of drugs used or how they will be administered.


Source: 3newsnow.com, Jake Wasikowski, May 31, 2018


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