CHINA: LIAONING PROVINCE TO ABOLISH EXECUTION BY SHOOTING
February 14, 2009: Northeast China's Liaoning Province will abandon execution by shooting and use lethal injection instead, the province's chief justice said.
Currently execution by shooting is still carried out in six of Liaoning's 14 cities, although lethal injection was first used in the province in November 2001, according to Wang Zhenhua, president of the Liaoning Provincial Higher People's court.
Yunnan in southwest China became the first province in China to fully abandon execution by shooting in 2003.
Officials from the Liaoning Provincial Higher People's Court said lethal injection was more acceptable for convicts and their family members. (Sources: chinaview.cn, 13/02/2009)