9 Dec 2005

Murky fate for seven people sentenced to death in PNG

4:47 pm on 9 December 2005

Officials in Papua New Guinea say seven people sentenced to death are now awaiting execution.

The newspaper, the Post Courier, reports the information came from the Assistant Commissioner of the Correctional Service, Martin Balthasa, during a seminar at the National Research Institute yesterday.

There are no clear-cut instructions on the method of execution in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Balthasa said the Government had not stated whether executions would be through lethal injection, firing squad or hanging.

Papua New Guinea reintroduced the death penalty in 1991, but no-one has been executed since then.