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The world's second largest pharmaceutical firm has officially withdrawn from the lethal injection drug trade, imposing strict distribution controls to prevent its drugs reaching execution chambers across the USA.
In the early hours of 3 February, UK time, the US state of Georgia took the life of Brandon Astor Jones, a 72 year-old African-American.
The US State of Georgia last night executed 72 year old Brandon Astor Jones, the oldest person on death row in the State. Mr Jones had served 36 years in prison.
A major NHS supplier is at risk of becoming involved in American executions, after Alabama altered its lethal injection ‘cocktail’.
The state of Arizona yesterday took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using the same combination of drugs used in a botched execution in Ohio earlier this year.
Texas Governor Rick Perry must stop Wednesday’s execution of Ramiro Hernández Llanas, a Mexican national with a mental disability, Amnesty International said today.
Amnesty has called on the authorities in Texas to halt the planned execution of a Mexican national which would violate an international law.
An execution carried out yesterday by Ohio, using a new, untested combination of drugs, shows strong signs of having caused prolonged suffering to the prisoner.
Prisons in the US are holding large stockpiles of life-saving medicines, which they plan to use in executions, while hospitals face shortages of the same drugs.
A man who has been in prison since being sentenced to death by a Florida court in 1987, will this week have a that hearing could help prove his innocence.
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