Languages
Page last updated at 00:53 GMT, Friday, 8 August 2008 01:53 UK

Honduran killer executed in Texas

Heliberto Chi
Chi was the 411th Texas inmate to die by lethal injection

A Honduran man, who killed his former employer during a robbery in 2001, has been executed in the US after the Supreme Court rejected a final appeal.

Heliberto Chi, 29, died by lethal injection at a prison in Texas, watched by the two sons of his victim.

His lawyers said Chi was not permitted to contact the Honduran consulate following his arrest - thus violating an international treaty.

Chi was the second foreign national to be put to death this week in Texas.

Chi was in the United States illegally at the time of the 2001 murder.

He was convicted of the fatal shooting of his former boss, Armand Paliotta, at a clothing store in Arlington, Texas, where he had worked as a tailor.

On Wednesday, Mexican Jose Medellin was executed for the murder and rape of a teenager in 1993.

The International Court of Justice had urged Texas not to execute Medellin, as he had not been told of his right to consular help when he was arrested.




SEE ALSO
Texas executes Mexican murderer
06 Aug 08 |  Americas
Court seeks to stay US executions
16 Jul 08 |  Americas
Call for lethal injection boycott
05 Oct 07 |  Americas
US court reviews lethal injection
25 Sep 07 |  Americas

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific