CHINA: BEIJING TO ADOPT LETHAL INJECTION
June 16, 2009: criminals sentenced to death in Beijing, China, are to be killed by lethal injection, not by gunshot, by year's end. Authorities have built a site next to a prison outside Beijing where the lethal injections are to be carried out, the China Daily reported.
Officials will soon start training judicial police to administer the injections, and medical staff will learn to supervise the use of drugs, monitor and confirm the deaths, the report said.
Hu Yunteng, head of the Supreme People's Court's research bureau, said that lethal injection was considered cleaner, safer and more convenient than gunshot executions. (Sources: Agence France Presse, 16/06/2009)