Ed Zagorski

Edmund Zagorski

Date of birth: 27 December 1954
Held: Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, Tennessee
Legal status: Execution stayed


  1. Expert says British execution drugs exported by Dream Pharma do not work properly; prisoners die excruciating deaths in Georgia

    Last night, at 11.39 EST (6.39am GMT today), Emanuel Hammond was executed in Georgia using drugs sold by the Acton-based pharmaceutical company Dream Pharma.

    26 January 2011

  2. Managing Director Matt Alavi knew Dream Pharma drugs would be used to kill; prisoner due to die tomorrow with British drugs unless UK intervenes

    Reprieve today reveals that British businessman Matt Alavi of Dream Pharma knew his drugs would be used to kill and expedited prison orders for that reason.

    24 January 2011

  3. Hospira to stop producing execution drug

    The sole US manufacturer of lethal injection drug sodium thiopental has announced that it is permanently halting production of the drug, potentially delaying executions across the USA.

    21 January 2011

  4. Listen to Clive Stafford Smith on the Today programme

    Reprieve's Director talks about the export of execution drugs from Britain to the US.

    28 December 2010

  5. British government must intervene TODAY to stop California obtaining UK drugs to kill 85 prisoners in the US; shipment of lethal injection drug now in transit but may be stopped by immediate action

    Business Secretary Vince Cable now has a matter of hours to prevent British-sourced lethal injection drug sodium thiopental from reaching US executioners, after it emerged that California has already paid for a shipment from the UK.

    07 December 2010

  6. Cable U-turns on execution drug

    by Ian Dunt, politics.co.uk, 29/11/2010

    02 December 2010

  7. Human rights victory as Vince Cable imposes restrictions on export of 'execution' drug to U.S.

    Daily Mail, 29/11/2010

    02 December 2010

  8. US lethal injection drug faces UK export restrictions

    by Dominic Casciani, BBC, 29/11/2010

    02 December 2010

  9. A welcome U-turn from Vince Cable on execution drug

    by Clive Stafford Smith, The Guardian, 29/11/2010

    02 December 2010

  10. Press conference today in Italy: Reprieve and Hands Off Cain challenge Italian trade in execution drug sodium thiopental

    Reprieve will today join an alliance of international lawyers in calling for a ban on the production of execution drug sodium thiopental by the Italian factory of international drug company Hospira.

    02 December 2010

  11. British government changes tune; issues immediate ban on the export of lethal injection drugs from Britain for American executions

    After resisting Reprieve’s efforts to secure a ban on the export of Sodium Thiopental to the US for execution purposes for a month, today Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, agreed to impose such an order.

    29 November 2010

  12. John Duty: human guinea pig in Oklahoma's cruel experiment

    by Clive Stafford Smith, The Guardian: Comment is Free, 24/11/2010

    24 November 2010

  13. Abolitionists call on Italy not to collaborate with US lethal injection

    Hands Off Cain, 24/11/2010

    24 November 2010

  14. British company supplying death row chemical to US sued by London law firm

    Daily Mail, 02/11/2010

    23 November 2010

  15. High Court hears second day of arguments in execution drug export case

    Reprieve and UK lawyers Leigh Day & Co are today in the High Court seeking to prevent further exports to the United States of sodium thiopental, a drug used in lethal injections.

    22 November 2010

  16. High Court hears arguments on UK government decision not to ban further exports to the United States of execution drug sodium thiopental

    Reprieve and British lawyers Leigh Day & Co are in the High Court today seeking to prevent further exports to the United States of sodium thiopental, a drug used in lethal injections.

    17 November 2010

  17. Legal action over execution drug to go ahead in the British High Court

    High Court agrees to hear Reprieve’s judicial review of British government’s failure to halt export of execution drug from Britain; current time frame will not prevent next shipment and Reprieve is now seeking a temporary export ban until the matter can be heard.

    03 November 2010

  18. British groups seek to stop execution drug

    United Press International, 02/11/2010

    03 November 2010

  19. Government sued over drugs used in U.S. executions

    by Anna Yukhananov, Reuters, 02/11/2010

    03 November 2010

  20. Death penalty campaigners try to halt sales of UK-made execution drug

    by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 02/11/2010

    03 November 2010

  21. Suit Targets Execution Drug

    by Nathan Koppel, Wall Street Journal, 03/11/2010

    03 November 2010

  22. British government sued for allowing the continued export of lethal injection drugs from Britain for American executions

    Leigh Day & Co. and Reprieve will today launch legal action against the British government on behalf of Edmund Zagorski, a US prisoner facing imminent execution with drugs imported from Britain.

    02 November 2010

  23. The British company making a business out of killing

    by Clive Stafford Smith, The Guardian, 26/10/2011

    27 October 2010

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