Medellín's execution has led to a dispute between Mexico and the US [GALLO/GETTY]
In a case that has drawn international attention, the state of Texas executed José E. Medellín, a Mexican national,  on Tuesday night in defiance of an international court ruling.

The execution came shortly after the United States Supreme Court denied a last request for a reprieve.

Medellín's case has become the focal point of a dispute between Mexico and the US over whether some Mexicans have been denied fair trials because they were never given an opportunity to talk to a consul.

A 1963 treaty requires foreigners accused of crimes to be given that opportunity.

Inside Story investigates whether foreigners are receiving fair trials in the US, the value and effect of the death penalty and whether it achieves the objectives of deterrence.

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Source: Al Jazeera