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

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 …

Texas loses long battle to hide execution drug supplier

Texas' death chamber
A court has cleared the way for the disclosure of an execution drug supplier that the nation's busiest death penalty state has fought for years to keep under wraps

The Texas Supreme Court has cleared the way for the disclosure of an execution drug supplier that the nation's busiest death penalty state has fought for years to keep under wraps.

The decision Friday is expected to only identify the supplier Texas used in 2 2014 executions.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure into law the next year allowing the state to keep future supplier records secret.

Republicans hold all seats on the Texas Supreme Court and issued no comment while keeping in place a lower ruling to reveal the supplier identity.

Attorney Maurie Levin sought the supplier name in 2014 on behalf of a death-row inmate. 

She called the decision a victory for transparency.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Alabama must reveal details of its lethal injection procedure.

Source: Associated Press, June 2, 2018

Texas Supreme Court: state must reveal execution drug supplier

The Texas Supreme Court has dumped the state's appeal to hide where it buys execution drugs, forcing the state to reveal which pharmacy it bought from after years of fighting to keep the information secret. But it may make no difference.

The court ruled without comment Friday, backing a 2017 decision from the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals that found exemptions to the state's open records law cannot hide the pharmacy's identity. 

Prison officials have argued the information should remain secret to protect the drug suppliers from protests from death penalty opponents.

"They have been fighting tooth-and-nail about releasing information about their lethal injection drug supply from 4 years ago," Maurie Levin, one of the three plaintiff lawyers on the case, said about the state's fervent opposition. She said the ruling will effect naming the pharmacy that was used in 2014.

The ruling will have a limited effect, Levin said, because the Texas Legislature changed state law in 2015 to keep secret the names of pharmacies providing the state execution drugs.

Source: Houston Chronicle, June 2, 2018

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