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Execution enthusiasts will have to wait until Friday at the latest to find out whether they'll be able to witness the death of Timothy McVeigh live on the Web.

A Federal judge yesterday heard a petition from the Entertainment Network Inc (ENI) which is seeking to change the law so that it can broadcast the death by lethal injection of the man responsible for the Oklahoma bombing.

ENI which specialises in online voyeurism (although mostly of young college girl) claims it has a constitutional right to broadcast the execution.

While representatives of the media will be present, the Government maintains that the media does not have the right to record electronically and broadcast the events that take place in the execution chamber.

ENI is seeking permission to arm one of its people with a video camera to provide a live feed of the execution. Failing that, it will settle with pictures from the jail's closed circuit TV system.

The Web company intends to charge viewers $1.95 to watch McVeigh die but insists all the money will go to the charities set up for the victims and families of the bombing in 1995 which killed 168 people.

McVeigh is scheduled to be executed on May 16. ®

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