Papua New Guinea proposes firing-squad executions

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Following a number of high-profile killings related to sorcery, Papua New Guinea's government is pushing for the South Pacific nation's first execution and says firing squads would be a humane and inexpensive method.

Papua New Guinea's laws allow for the death penalty and about 10 condemned inmates are currently in prison there, but the country was a colony of its near neighbor Australia when the last prisoner was executed - by hanging - in 1954.

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