U.N. urges halt is scheduled execution using chemical that killed workers at G’ville plant

United Nations experts are calling on U.S. authorities not to go ahead with the planned execution of an inmate by nitrogen hypoxia, saying the method may subject him to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or even torture”.

Kenneth Smith, convicted for a murder-for-hire committed in 1988, is scheduled to be executed in the U.S. state of Alabama on Jan. 25 using the method, which is intended to deprive him of oxygen by using a face mask connected to a cylinder of nitrogen.

Lawyers for the ACLU last year issued a similar, citing the deaths of six workers in three years ago at the Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville. EARLIER STORY: Opponents of planned Ala. execution cite Gville incident in their arguments 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (wgtjradio.com)

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Last month, the federal agency investigating the accident at the Gainesville plant issued its final report: Feds issue final rpt. on Gville plant’s nitrogen release that killed 6 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (wgtjradio.com)