US court urged to stop execution of Mexican national

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The authorities in Texas in the United States have been urged by the UN to halt the planned execution of a Mexican national.

Humberto Leal Garcia was sentenced to death in 1995 by a Texan court for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 16 year old girl.

He is due to be executed on 7 July.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says it has concerns about the trial.

Rupert Colville is a spokesman there.

"There is a particular aspect of this case which is Mr. Garcia was not informed of his rights under international law to have consular assistance from the Mexican authorities. And this conclusion raises concerns that his right to a fair trial may not have been met."

Colville says the Governor of Texas still has the power to commute the sentence to life imprisonment.

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