The switch from firing squads to lethal injections was originally set for July 1 after the Law on Execution of Criminal Verdicts was passed by the National Assembly last year.

It was later delayed due to a shortage of facilities and human resources.

Under the decree, three drugs will be administered by injection: the anaesthetic sodium thiopental, muscle relaxant pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. The decree states that the drugs will be administered at least three times in case the first injection does not work.

Experts agree the lethal injection method is more humane toward the condemned and their family members, in addition to reducing psychological pressure on executioners.

Vietnam News Agency - September 22, 2011