The European Union (EU) in a statement has condemned the execution of a woman, following the verdict of a U.S. federal court, for the first time in nearly seven decades.
The European body called for the repeal of other death sentences during the last days of the outgoing Donald Trump Administration.
The execution by lethal injection took place in the Terre Haute prison complex in the state of Indiana; this after the Supreme Court lifted the stay that had been ordered by a federal court just a few hours earlier.
The 27 had requested a pardon for Montgomery “in light of international law and internationally accepted minimum standards for persons with mental disorders. This was pointed out by the spokesman for the European External Action Service – EEAS -, Peter Stano, in a statement.
Stano noted that since the resumption of the federal death penalty in the US in July 2020, after a 17-year hiatus, the world has witnessed “a high number of executions” in the United States.
These executions belie the growing momentum towards abolition of the death penalty worldwide. So does the trend in individual U.S. states, which recorded the lowest number of executions in 37 years in 2020, according to Stano.
Montgomery, 52, was convicted in 2007 of killing a 23-year-old woman in 2004; the victim was eight months pregnant and had her baby removed, which was later recovered safely by the authorities.
Her lawyers argued during the court proceedings that she was mentally ill due to the sexual abuse she suffered in her childhood.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – VN