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Vietnam Conducts Execution by Lethal Injection

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Vietnam has executed its first prisoner by lethal injection, ending a two year pause in carrying out death sentences because of difficulty obtaining the proper drugs.

State media reports say convicted murderer Nguyen Anh Tuan was put to death Tuesday in a Hanoi prison. He is the first criminal to be put to death since Vietnam switched from firing squads to lethal injections in 2011.

However, the country has had trouble obtaining the drugs needed for an execution because of a European Union ban on the export of the chemicals. Earlier this year, Vietnam amended its laws to allow the use of locally made drugs in executions.

There are currently 586 people on death row in Vietnam.

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