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Originally published Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 3:19 AM

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UK group says it's suing over US execution drug

A British rights group says it's suing to stop the export of a sedative used to execute prisoners to the United States.

The Associated Press

LONDON —

A British rights group says it's suing to stop the export of a sedative used to execute prisoners to the United States.

The U.S. is going through a national shortage of sodium thiopental, which is used as part of a three-drug cocktail administered to death row inmates.

That has delayed executions and forced at least one state, Arizona, to go shopping abroad for the drug.

The revelation by U.S. officials last week that they had sourced the drug from a British company was the source of considerable unease here.

Britain bans the death penalty and lobbies forcefully against its use in other countries.

Reprieve says is acting on a request by lawyers for Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski.

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