Vietnam may resume firing squads for executions

A Vietnamese teenager faces a firing squad

Country struggles to obtain chemicals needed for lethal injections as 678 people wait on death row

Vietnam is considering the resumption of execution by firing squad because of problems getting chemicals for lethal injections, according to state media.

The Laborer newspaper quoted the minister of public security, Tran Dai Quang, asking the national assembly to allow the use of firing squads until the end of 2015, along with execution by lethal injection.

In 2011, the country decided to switch from firing squads to lethal injection on humanitarian grounds, but only seven prisoners have been executed since August after a long delay as it struggled to obtain needed chemicals.

Friday’s report quoted several lawmakers as saying the move would relieve pressure on prisons.

There are 678 people on death row in Vietnam, it said. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/vietnam-firing-squad-executions


 

 

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