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High court is to review UK government’s failure to stop export of death row drug

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6301 (Published 05 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6301
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Campaigners against the death penalty have won the right to launch a legal action to try to stop the export of an anaesthetic manufactured in Britain that is to be used in the execution of an inmate on death row in the United States.

Reprieve, a human rights organisation that supports prisoners, is trying to prevent the export of thiopental sodium, which prison authorities in Tennessee need if they want to go ahead with the execution of Edmund Zagorski.

Vince Cable, the UK …

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