January 23, 2014

The state of Texas executed Wednesday a Mexican man convicted of murdering a Houston police officer in 1994, despite a diplomatic outcry and pressure from the US federal government to further review his case.

Edgar Tamayo Arias, 46, who was denied an 11th-hour stay of execution by the US Supreme Court, was executed by lethal injection at 9:32 p.m. local time (0332 GMT) at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, spokesman Jason Clark said.

The case of Arias had sparked widespread protests as he was not advised of his right to receive consular assistance at the time of his arrest – in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

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