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U.S. | Execution by nitrogen hypoxia doesn’t seem headed for widespread adoption as bills fall short and nitrogen producers object

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The day after Alabama carried out the first-known US execution using nitrogen gas, its attorney general sent a clear message to death penalty states that might want to follow suit: “Alabama has done it, and now so can you.” Indeed, in the weeks immediately following the January execution of Kenneth Smith, it appeared a handful of states were listening, introducing bills that would adopt the method known as nitrogen hypoxia or a similar one. Officials behind each framed the legislation as an alternative method that could help resume executions where they had long been stalled.

Iraq executes 10 convicts

Baghdad, Nov 11 (IANS) Iraq Sunday executed 10 people, including an Egyptian, over terror charges, despite international calls not to carry out the executions.

Iraq executions have sparked calls by the UN, European Union and human rights groups to abolish the capital punishment, criticizing the lack of transparency in court proceedings, Xinhua reported.

The death penalty was suspended for over a year after the US-led invasion in 2003. The Iraqi government reinstated it Aug 8, 2004. Since then, scores of people have been executed, including toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

Source: Indo Asian News Service, November 11, 2012

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