19 Jun 2010

Vietnam to switch to lethal injections for executions

8:03 am on 19 June 2010

Vietnam is to stop executing people by firing squad next year and will switch to lethal injection.

Officials say injections are more humane, cost less and reduce psychological pressure on those carrying out the executions.

The BBC reports at least 70 people were sentenced to death in Vietnam last year.

Most death-sentences there are for drug-trafficking or murder.