27 Jun '11, 7am

Vietnam set to execute by lethal injection: HANOI: Vietnam will begin carrying out this week the death penalty b...

Vietnam set to execute by lethal injection: HANOI: Vietnam will begin carrying out this week the death penalty b...

HANOI: Vietnam will begin carrying out this week the death penalty by lethal injection instead of firing squad, an official said Monday. Legislators seeking a "more humane" method of judicial killing approved the change last year. "The law on execution by lethal injection to replace firing squads in death penalty cases will take effect from July 1, 2011 throughout Vietnam," said the official from the Ministry of Public Security. He asked not to be identified. The ministry recently held a conference to brief police about the new law, the official added. Most death sentences in Vietnam are handed down to drug traffickers and murderers. Vietnamese authorities do not issue capital punishment statistics but according to reports in state-controlled media, 19 people have received the death penalty and four have been executed so far this year. Rights group Amnesty International ha...

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