LETHAL injection has been ruled out as a possible execution method as the Papua New Guinea government continues to deliberate on how it will apply the death penalty.

Secretary for justice Lawrence Kalinoe told a public forum in the Southern Highlands in October that lethal injection would no longer be considered because of difficulty in securing the required drugs.

He said the remaining options were hanging, electrocution, oxygen deprivation or firing squad and said the government was receiving advice from Malaysia and Indonesia on finalising the mechanisms for administering the death penalty.

Mr Kalinoe said the implementation of the death penalty would show that the government was serious about ending horrific crimes against vulnerable people.

“Most serious crimes such as aggravated rape of a female minor aged 12 to 16, murder and sorcery-related crimes which have been mandated under the Criminal Code Act will attract the death penalty,” PNG Facts reported Kalinoe as saying.

“It has directed the Department of Justice and attorney-general and other law enforcing agencies to implement the death penalty without any further delay.”

Mr Kalinoe said a government report had been submitted to cabinet to guide their selection of the preferred option.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of PNG’s last execution but a spate of violent sorcery-related murders last year has prompted the government to revive the use of capital punishment, which has always remained legal.