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USA: OKLAHOMA USES ANIMAL EUTHANASIA DRUG IN EXECUTION

December 16, 2010: A US state executed a convicted murderer with an animal drug for the first time because of an anesthetic shortage.
Oklahoma executed John Duty, 58 -- who in 2001 strangled his 22-year-old cellmate, Curtis Wise, while serving three life sentences -- with pentobarbital, normally used by veterinarians to put animals to sleep.
"The procedure started at 6:12 pm our time (0012 GMT). John Duty was pronounced dead at 6:18pm," Jerry Massie, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, told AFP.
"His last words were: 'To the family of Curtis Wise: I'd like to make my apology. I hope one day you'll be able to forgive me, not for my sake but for your own... Thank you, Lord Jesus. I'm ready to go home,'" Massie said.
The Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington-based group that monitors capital punishment, confirmed that Duty was the first death row inmate to be executed using the drug.
For months now, several US states have struggled to find supplies of sodium thiopental -- the first and most crucial of three drugs used in lethal injections -- after its sole US manufacturer Hospira ran out of stock.
The company will resume production of the drug early next year, forcing some states to suspend executions and others to import the drug from other states or from overseas with government approval.
Oklahoma's decision to use the animal drug was approved by a US court last month in a ruling that may lead other states to adopt the procedure.
The appeals court found that the amount of pentobarbital to be used was "sufficient to induce unconsciousness in an inmate and indeed would likely be lethal in most, if not all, instances."
Capital punishment specialists meanwhile warned that the drug had not been properly vetted and might not keep inmates unconscious during the more painful subsequent injections that kill them. (Sources: Afp, 16/12/2010)

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CUBA COMMUTES LONE REMAINING DEATH SENTENCE
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JAPAN: NUMBER OF DEATH-ROW INMATES HITS RECORD HIGH OF 111
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IRAN PASSES DEATH SENTENCE ON 'ISRAELI SPY'
IRAN: SEVEN PEOPLE HANGED
MALAYSIA: INDONESIAN WOMAN TO HANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
EGYPT: MILITANT'S DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED TO JAIL TERM
CHINA: 9 EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SAUDI BEHEADS BANGLADESHI CONVICTED OF MURDER
MALAYSIA: SENTENCED TO HANG FOR MURDER
ITALY: THE CHAMBERS APPROVES ZAMPARUTTI MOTION AGAINST PENTOTAL EXPORTATION FOR LETHAL INJECTION
NEW RESOLUTION APPROVED BY THE UN. THE PRO MORATORIUM FRONT GROWS
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CHINA: CRIMINAL LAW DRAFT AMENDMENT UNCHANGED IN REDUCING NUMBER OF CRIMES SUBJECT TO DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: 12 PEOPLE EXECUTED
ITALIAN HOSPIRA AFFILIATE GUARANTEE ON PENTOTAL
JAPAN: 1,800 RALLY IN TOKYO AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
UAE: COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY
IRAQ HAS EXECUTED 257 SINCE 2005: MINISTER
FOUR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR PRODUCING DRUGS IN SOUTHWEST CHINA
GAMBIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER
SOUTH KOREA: APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCE
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