Bri­tish im­poses con­trols on lethal in­jec­tion drug

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

LONDON: Bri­tain im­posed con­trols on the ex­port of a drug used in Amer­i­can ex­e­cu­tions Mon­day, fol­low­ing pres­sure from death penalty op­po­nents who sought to make it more dif­fi­cult for U.S. states to ob­tain the seda­tive.

Sec­re­tary of State for Busi­ness Vince Cable is­sued an or­der adding sodium thiopen­tal to the list of items which must be li­censed for ex­port - mean­ing that com­pa­nies seek­ing to ship the drugs abroad will be re­quired to prove they are in­tended for le­git­i­mate med­i­cal use, not ex­e­cu­tion.

"This move un­der­lines this govern­ment's and my own per­sonal moral op­po­si­tion to the death penalty in all cir­cum­stances with­out im­pact­ing le­git­i­mate trade," Cable said in a state­ment.

The or­der comes four weeks af­ter London-based rights group Re­prieve and London law firm Leigh Day & Co filed suit to halt the drug's ex­port. -Ap

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