Monday, 19 March 2007

Indonesia considers lethal injection

Indonesia may change its method of execution and move to limit appeals for death row convicts, according to Attorney-General Abdulrahman Saleh.

Mr Saleh made the remarks, reported by AAP, at a court hearing into whether convicted Australian drug trafficker Scott Rush could make a constitutional challenge to his death sentence.

He said the government had "held several meetings with [the] Indonesian doctors' association to use a new method, to request some changes in the law, by using injection".

"Like in the USA, now people are injected so they would get unconscious and then the second injections would be the deadly toxic injection.

"That would be more humane," he said, contrasting lethal injection with Indonesia's current method of carrying out executions by six-man firing squad.

His apparent confidence in the 'humane' use of lethal injection stands in contrast to the crisis of confidence in lethal injection in many parts of the USA, with several investigations underway following repeated botched executions and concerns that lethal injection may in fact mask extreme pain by first paralysing muscles.

Mr Saleh also said he wanted to amend laws that allowed prisoners to repeatedly seek clemency, claiming this could happen up to five times.

"I hope it won't happen again in the future ... I am going to regulate [to prevent] this," he said.

Related stories:
Indonesia's drug penalty 'appropriate' for syndicates -- 29 January, 2007
Firing squad for six of Bali Nine -- 11 September, 2006
Bali 9 death sentence confirmed -- 26 April, 2006

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