British imposes controls on lethal injection drug
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