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Europe outraged over flawed U.S. execution

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Clayton LockettBritain and France released official statements condemning a flawed execution of the death penalty in Oklahoma, as many people across Europe spoke out against capital punishment and the methodology used earlier this week on convicted killer Clayton Lockett.

Lockett, scheduled to die by lethal injection, eventually died of a heart attack 43 minutes after the procedure began, with Oklahoma prison officials improvising the combination of drugs used in the procedure. The death penalty is banned in all European Union countries, and European pharmaceutical companies have stopped manufacturing drugs involved in the death penalty process.

The British Foreign Office said it opposed the death penalty “in all circumstances as a matter of principle.” And French Foreign Ministry spokesman Vincent Floréani suggested Oklahoma “establish a moratorium with a view to abolishing this punishment, as many other states in the United States have done.”


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