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    Posted: January 26 2024 at 10:10am

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GENEVA, January 26. /TASS/. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk has expressed his regret over the execution of a US criminal with nitrogen gas as he questioned whether the method may be equal to torture or inhuman treatment.

"I deeply regret the execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith in Alabama despite serious concerns this novel and untested method of suffocation by nitrogen gas may amount to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment," Turk said in a statement.

The death penalty was "inconsistent with the fundamental right to life," the UN official emphasized as he called on all member states to impose a moratorium on its use, "as a step toward universal abolition."

Smith, 58, was sentenced to capital punishment for participating in the murder-for-hire of a woman in 1988. He became the first person be executed by nitrogen suffocation, Attorney General of the State of Alabama, Steve Marshall, announced on January 25.


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In 1924, the use of cyanide gas was introduced as Nevada sought a more humane way of executing its condemned prisoners. Gee Jon was the first person executed by lethal gas. The state tried to pump cyanide gas into Jon’s cell while he slept. This proved impossible because the gas leaked from his cell, so the gas chamber was constructed. [1] Today, five states authorize lethal gas as a method of execution, but all have lethal injection as an alternative method. A federal court in California found this method to be cruel and unusual punishment. For execution by this method, the condemned person is strapped to a chair in an airtight chamber. Below the chair rests a pail of sulfuric acid. A long stethoscope is typically affixed to the prisoner so that a doctor outside the chamber can pronounce death. Once everyone has left the chamber, the room is sealed. The warden then gives a signal to the executioner who flicks a lever that releases crystals of sodium cyanide into the pail. This causes a chemical reaction that releases hydrogen cyanide gas. [5] The prisoner is instructed to breathe deeply to speed up the process. Most prisoners, however, try to hold their breath, and some struggle.

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Some witnesses commented that Smith looked as if he was conscious[citation needed] and "thrashed violently on the gurney",[2] breathing heavily for at least five minutes, with spittle coming out of his mouth before he fell motionless and later pronounced dead.[citation needed] In response, Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Q. Hamm told the media that the alleged sightings of Smith's convulsion and shaking appeared to be involuntary movements, and these effects were expected based on the research made on nitrogen hypoxia. Hamm also claimed Smith held his breath for approximately four minutes which led to Smith’s body responding negatively to the gas which would not have happened should he have breathed normally

DJ...what murder was the bigger crime...the murder smith did in 1988 or the way the US murdered him in 2024 ? 

Only a few "civilized:  countries kill people...US, Japan...[url][/url] or 

Keeping someone in prison for 35 years and then kill him/her is barbaric...

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