According to a circular issued by Henan Higher People’s Court yesterday, in 2009 execution by lethal injection will replace execution by shooting. In particular cases, it will still possible to carry out execution by shooting. But this procedure will need prior approval by the Higher People’s Court. Henan province began experimenting with this method of execution eleven years ago in Luoyang, where five people were executed by lethal injection in May 1998.
This method of execution has been described as less painful than shooting. Are statements as “the criminal will experience significantly less pain” based on actual, first-hand experience, I wonder? (irony meant)