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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
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Papua New Guinea to carry out executions by lethal injection?

November 29, 2012: Papua New Guinea is contemplating introducing execution by lethal injection for 10 people on death row - with many people volunteering to carry out the sentences.

The Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Kerenga Kua, has answered questions in parliament about the situation of condemned prisoners.

Source: theaustralian.com.au, November 29, 2012


Papua New Guinea residents offer to carry out executions

Residents of Papua New Guinea have "expressed interest" in carrying out executions if the government cannot agree on a method of execution for its 10 people on death row.

The Commonwealth nation introduced capital punishment in 1991 but has been unable to decide between hanging, gas or lethal injections and has not yet executed any prisoners. The death penalty can be given for the crimes of treason, piracy and murder.

The justice minister, Kerenga Kua, is seeking to broaden the scope of the death penalty to try to reduce the country's soaring crime rates. Facing pressure over the country's failure to kill the ten condemned prisoners, he told parliament he favoured Texas-style lethal injection and wants capital punishment to cover rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking.

"While we have to consider the costs involved and the need to prepare the killing chambers, which will run into the millions, we have many Papua New Guineans who have already expressed their interest in carrying out the executions," he said.

Mr Kua has blamed the courts for failing to condemn people to death and is consulting the United States on the most efficient and cost-effective way to conduct the executions. However, he said, lethal injections would cost about AUS$ 1 million - more than double the cost of a hanging.

"We need to prepare things like chambers for that process," he said. "Then we have to provide the funding."

Source: The Telegraph, November 30, 2012

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