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Tennessee execution: Billy Ray Irick tortured to death, expert says in new filing

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Editor's note: Reporter Dave Boucher was one of seven state-required media witnesses at Irick's execution. 
Billy Ray Irick felt searing pain akin to torture before he died in a Tennessee prison in August, but steps taken in carrying out his execution blocked signs of suffering, according to a doctor who reviewed information about the lethal injection.
In new court filings entered late Thursday amidst an ongoing legal challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol, Dr. David Lubarsky said statements from people who witnessed the execution indicated the controversial drug midazolam failed to ensure Irick could not feel pain during his death.
As a result, the death row inmate “experienced the feeling of choking, drowning in his own fluids, suffocating, being buried alive, and the burning sensation caused by the injection of the potassium chloride,” Lubarsky wrote in the filing.
The document also says the state did not follow its own lethal injection protocol, raising questio…

Third Wave of Executions to Be Realized Soon: Indonesian AGO

Cilacap, gateway to Nusakam Bangan island
Cilacap, gateway to Nusakam Bangan island, where Indonesia
carries out its executions by firing squad.
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said that a number of drug convicts would face the third wave of executions soon. 

While the number of death row convicts increased, Prasetyo claimed that the executions were hampered by weather conditions.

"It's difficult [to conduct executions] during the rainy season. We'll see about that. I've never said that the executions will be canceled. It's just a matter of time," Prasetyo said on Friday, March 18, 2016, without revealing names of convicts on death row.

Prasetyo also dismissed a rumor saying that the Attorney General Office (AGO) had been pressured by foreign countries to postpone the executions.

"There's no such thing. This is our law enforcement. We will enforce our law in our own country, and Indonesian law still applies death sentence," Prasetyo explained.

Therefore, the AGO would stick to the execution schedule, although a human rights organization Imparsial was in communication with Prasetyo asking the AGO to postpone this year’s execution.

Earlier, the AGO announced its target to execute 14 convicts in 2016 during the budget plan discussion with House of Representatives’ Commission III. 

In 2015, the AGO conducted two waves of executions: the first one on January 18, 2015 and the second one in April 29, 2015.

Source: tempoco.co, March 18, 2016

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