So, now we know

"There is no method of execution without pain," said presiding Judge Mohammad Mahfud, outlining the decision.

The defendant\’s suffering is a logical consequence of the death penalty under Indonesian law and "cannot be categorized as torturing the convict", the nine-judge panel concluded.

Not that it\’s going to change anyone\’s mind about the death penalty of course….

10 thoughts on “So, now we know”

  1. “There is no method of execution without pain,”

    There probably is, exposure to inert gases. Michael Portillo did a documentary on the subject a while ago.

    Personally with the Bali bombers I prefer the “sawing them in two with a blunt saw” approach, but that’s just me.

  2. Wasn’t the guillotine invented to make execution more humane? Speaking from a position of complete ignorance, how can pain be felt for more than a split second if the brain/head is detached from the body?

  3. “CO poisoning?”

    I’d have thought any method that resulted in (effectively) suffocation couldn’t be considered painless.

    The guillotine was a pretty humane invention, so long as the blade was weighted correctly.

  4. I imagine being in close proximity (i.e. feet) to an exploding nuclear weapon is pretty painless too. You’d be a rapidly expanding cloud of plasma before your brain registered anything. Bit impractical though, unless you had a lot of miscreants you wanted to execute all at once.

    Bear in mind, though, that pretty much all modern ‘humane’ forms of execution are vastly better ends than most of us are likely to experience. Doctors, who know better than most of us, were queried about how they would wish to die (of natural causes). They almost unanimously chose sudden, massive, unanticipated cardiac death. There’s 15 seconds of acute pain, followed by a rapid slide into unconsciousness, with brain death a few minutes later.

    So basically everyone who is saved from fatal heart disease by modern medicine is going to die of something worse. Yippee!

  5. “The body doesn’t react as though it is being suffocated, you breathe in normally and can’t tell that it isn’t air. The lack of oxygen then produces a feeling of euphoria and then you die.”


    And that reminds me, we’re out of bacon… 😉

  6. The Portillo analysis was interesting. More correctly, the method of death he found to be painless was not ‘exposure to inert gases’ but ‘anoxia’. By placing a subject in a low pressure chamber and letting the partial pressure of oxygen drop to a fatally low level the subject feels at first light headed and then euphoria and then lapses into unconsciousness leading to death.

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