Decree No. 43/2020/ND-CP the execution of death sentences by lethal injection
03 types of drugs used for execution of death sentences
The Government issues the Decree No. 43/2020/ND-CP on April 08, 2020, prescribing the execution of death sentences by lethal injection.
Accordingly, a dose of lethal injection drugs consists of 3 types, to be specify: Drugs that cause unconsciousness; Drugs that paralyze the movement system; Drugs that cause cardiac arrest. Such drugs shall be examined, unsealed and recorded in minutes by death sentence execution councils under regulations.
Firstly, a person to be executed death sentence shall be injected the drug to cause unconsciousness. After completing the injection, the officer who performs the execution shall examine the executed person. If the executed person has not yet become unconscious, the officer shall continue to inject the drug until such person becomes unconscious. Secondly, to inject the drug to paralyze the movement system; and thirdly, to inject the drug to cause cardiac arrest.
If the executed person is not dead ten minutes after each time of drug injection, the examining officer shall report such to the chairperson of the death sentence execution council for ordering continued use of the standby dose for the second time or third time. In case the third dose is completely injected and the executed person remains alive, the head of the execution team shall report for issuing a decision on suspension of the execution.
A person to be executed death sentence shall be entitled to burial expenses. In case relatives or lawful representatives of the executed person are permitted to receive his/her corpse or remains for burial, they shall bear all expenses and make a commitment to strictly complying with regulations on assurance of security, order and environmental sanitation.
This Decree takes effect on April 15, 2020.
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translation of the Official Gazette of the Vietnam News Agency
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Hanoi, April 08, 2020
Prescribing the execution of death sentences by lethal injection
Pursuant to the June 19, 2015 Law on Organization of the Government;
Pursuant to the June 22, 2015 Law on Promulgation of Legal Documents;
Pursuant to the June 14, 2019 Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments;
At the proposal of the Minister of Public Security;
The Government promulgates the Decree prescribing the execution of death sentences by lethal injection.
Article 1. Scope of regulation
This Decree prescribes lethal injection drugs and physical foundations, equipment and facilities used for the execution of death sentences, and procedures for administering injections; responsibilities of agencies, organizations and individuals in the execution of death sentences; conditions to ensure the execution of death sentences and regimes and policies for participants in the execution of death sentences.
Article 2. Subjects of application
This Decree applies to agencies, organizations and individuals involved in the execution of death sentences and persons sentenced to death.
Article 3. Regimes and policies toward participants in the execution of death sentences
1. Participants in a death sentence execution team are entitled to an allowance equal to three times the basic salary when executing the death sentence against 1 person and a 10-day leave according to the general regulations on leave for People’s Public Security Force and the People’s Army officers and soldiers.
2. Participants in a death sentence execution council, prison wards, persons carrying out audio recording or video recording, photographers, interpreters, persons taking fingerprints of persons sentenced to death, and persons shrouding and burying corpses are entitled to an allowance equal to the basic salary when executing the death sentence against 1 person.