In the Office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights expressed serious concern at the execution of death sentences in the US state of Arkansas, where nearly 12 years there was a de facto moratorium on executions. It is reported by the UN news Center.
“We are deeply concerned that after 12 years of de facto moratorium on the death penalty in the us state of Arkansas for eight days was executed four people”, – said at a briefing in Geneva, the press Secretary of the office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights Liz Throssel.
“We welcome the decision not to enforce sentences against the other four prisoners (the execution of which was postponed – ed.) in Arkansas, however, deeply disturbed by the executions held”, – said Tressel.
According to her, the Governor of Arkansas as the reason for the executions said, is that the validity of one of the components of the drugs used for lethal injections – midazolam – expired April 30, and it was not clear as to whether it will be possible to resume the supply of this drug.
“This argument was the reason of speeding up the execution of people sentenced to death. It turns out that the decisive factor was the validity of the product. The acceleration of the process of execution of death sentence can result in the deprivation of a prisoner the opportunity to take full advantage of the right to appeal the verdict and to reduce the time allowed for the procedure of pardon,” – said the representative of Management.
April 22 Arkansas was the execution of a death sentence. Lidel Whether executed at the age of 51 years after the Supreme court rejected his request to suspend the execution of the punishment.