Execution by lethal injection may no longer be an option in the US. Pharmaceutical producer Pfizer has decided to no longer make its drugs available for this purpose. Could this mean a return to the use of the electric chair and firing squads?
Pfizer has announced it 'strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment' and is to stop making them available. The US concern joins a long list of others taking similar measures.
A US judge has blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug in a planned execution of seven inmates over 11 days. The scheduled "execution assembly line" sparked outrage among civil rights organizations.
A bill to hand executions to firing squads has been passed in Mississippi's state assembly. It wants the method used to thwart legal obstacles to lethal injections. Only two other US states have firing squads as options.
The bill will now face a vote in the Senate. The state lawmakers' decision came the same day that numerous American bishops pledged to fight for the abolition of capital punishment.
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