Monday, June 26, 2006

Mobile executions

I was intrigued by this post from Space & Culture which comments on China's set-up of mobile execution vehicles or, as they have been dubbed - 'death-vans':

"Unlike the United States and Singapore, the only two other countries where death is administered by injection, China metes out capital punishment from specially equipped 'death vans' that shuttle from town to town ... China's critics contend that the transition from firing squads to injections in death vans facilitates an illegal trade in prisoners' organs ... Organs can 'be extracted in a speedier and more effective way than if the prisoner is shot' ... Makers of death vans say they save money for poor localities that would otherwise have to pay to construct execution facilities in prisons or court buildings. The vans ensure that prisoners sentenced to death can be executed locally, closer to communities where they broke the law."

Story Via USA Today

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