A third federal death sentence was carried out in the United States this week, world news agencies reported.
Dustin Lee Hongkon, 52, was executed by lethal injection in central Indiana.
A chemistry student who became a drug trafficker and head of a methamphetamine distribution network, Hong Kong killed five people in 1993, including two girls, aged 6 and 10, respectively, for not testifying against him.
He was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2005.
This week, for the first time since 2003, death sentences handed down by a federal court were carried out in the United States. This came after the Supreme Court gave the green light for the executions.
Previously, there was an unofficial moratorium on executions at the federal level for 17 years in the country due to the lack of harmonized rules for the use of poison injections.
Last year, however, President Donald Trump, who, like most Republicans, is a supporter of the death penalty, decided to resume executions.
The perpetrators of most crimes in the United States are prosecuted at the state level. However, federal justice can refer to the most serious crimes.
The three executed this week and the fourth, whose federal death sentence is due next month, are white men.
Otherwise, the legislation of 28 of the 50 US states provides for the death penalty for certain crimes.
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