Ok­la­homa halts ex­e­cu­tion ‘to check drugs’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A man con­victed of or­der­ing his boss’s mur­der has had his ex­e­cu­tion post­poned at the very last minute, due to un­cer­tainty over the lethal drugs.

Richard Glos­sip looked cer­tain to die by in­jec­tion in Ok­la­homa on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon af­ter the US Supreme Court re­jected his ap­peal.

But Ok­la­homa Gover­nor Mary Fallin has asked for more time to check if the drugs are com­pli­ant with state rules.

Pope Fran­cis had urged her to halt the ex­e­cu­tion.

His arch­bishop had writ­ten to her and urged her to act to com­mute the sen­tence, but she said she did not have the au­thor­ity to do so.

An hour af­ter Glos­sip was due to be put to death, Ms Fallin an­nounced that she was reschedul­ing the ex­e­cu­tion for 6 Novem­ber.

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