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2015 – The Year of the Drug Execution

Following up after a bit of delay due to other life issues:

2015 is over, and it turns out to have been a year where 552 people were executed for drug related crimes – 41% of the total people executed.  Most of these were in Iran and Saudi Arabia.  But, Indonesia made waves with 16 executions in two batches in January and April, which included mostly foreigners, including two of the Bali Nine from Australia.

Nitrogen Asphyxiation

While it isn’t a totally new idea, in April Oklahoma became the first state – likely the first place – to authorize judicial executions be carried out by nitrogen asphyxiation.  (Tulsa World, April 18, 2015, Time, April 17, 2015).

Drug Execution Rates

Earlier I’ve posted about the rate of executions for drug trafficking this year (and going a bit back into last year).  However, I’d not actually looked at the rate.  I just went and looked over the execution data at for the first seven months of this year, and the rate is much higher than I’d have thought:

Continued Drug Executions

2015 could well be the year of the drug execution.  May and June totaled 148 (+- 1).  Add this to the 180 reported in February, March, and April, and the 50 in January, this gives a six month total of 378 executions for drug crimes, mostly in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

More Drug Executions

Late last month – April 29, 2015 – Indonesia executed another batch of drug traffickers, including two of the “Bali Nine.”  This led me to do another count (as before using the Executions Worldwide page on

Executions of Drug Traffickers

I regularly check in on, including checking his monthly listing of verifiable executions.  It was doing this, not watching the news, that I discovered that, last July (2014), Singapore resumed executions with a pair of drug traffickers, and that last month (January 2015) Indonesia executed seven drug traffickers.

Capital Murder Charges in SXSW Incident

Late on March 12, 2014, a drunk driver plowed into the crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin Texas.  (CNN Report, Austin American-Statesman Report).

The Austin American-Statesman reports “Police Chief Art Acevedo said the man will face two charges of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.”  This intrigued me.