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Tue Dec 21 09:59:01 CST 2004
death penalty news
December 21, 2004
Lethal injection suggested for death row prisoners:
For prisoners on death row, the government is considering lethal injection
as an alternative to hanging.
The Law Commission - in a recent report on the "mode of execution of death
sentence" - has recommended lethal injection as an alternative to hanging,
the Rajya Sabha was informed Monday.
Replying to a question on the method of execution, Minister of state for
Law and Justice K. Venkatpathy said the commission had also suggested that
a court should hear an accused on his preference on the mode of execution
before passing the sentence.
According to the minister, the panel also suggested that a statutory right
of appeal to the Supreme Court should be provided against the judgement of
high courts to confirm the award of death penalty.
"This appeal should be heard by a bench consisting of at least five judges
of the Supreme Court," he said.
The commission's report is currently under the consideration of the home
and defence ministries and department of justice.
(source: Indo-Asian News Service / newkerala.com)
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