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USA: Court halts two executions in South Carolina

, Index number: AMR 51/4333/2021

Two executions by electric chair in South Carolina, scheduled for 18 and 25 June 2021, have been halted. South Carolina enacted a law on 14 May that changed South Carolina’s death penalty, allowing for execution by electric chair or firing squad. The two executions were scheduled immediately following the enactment of that law. The South Carolina Supreme Court halted the executions until the state establishes protocols for death by firing squad – which both men chose as their preferred method of execution. These executions, if carried out, would have ended a 10-year hiatus in executions in South Carolina.