Iraqi authorities are determined to try to silence their critics, and prove that they can execute a man without a shambles ensuing.
Taha Yassin Ramadan was sentenced to death yesterday, for the murder of 148 Shiite Muslims, and Iraqi officials are reportedly checking rope widths and lengths to ensure the cord can take the weight.
A new gallows is being built to accommodate convicts of different sizes, said Basam Ridha, an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.
"We're taking the extra precautionary steps, including creating two types of gallows: one for heavyset guys and another for normal folks and skinnier guys."
So that's alright then, the fact that Ramadan had originally only been sentenced to life, seems to have escaped the authorities.