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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…

Iran: Two prisoners executed on drug charges and four prisoners executed in public

Public execution in Mashhad, Iran, January 28, 2017
Public execution in Mashhad, Iran, January 28, 2017
Two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Rasht's central prison and a total of four prisoners were hanged in public in two different Iranian cities on armed robbery and rape charges.

Iran Human Rights (FEB 1 2017): On the morning of Saturday January 28, two prisoners were reportedly hanged at Lakan, Rasht's central Prison. 

On the morning of Sunday January 29, a total of four prisoners were hanged in public in Mashhad and Bandar Abbas.

According to a report by the Iranian state-run news agency IRIB, the two prisoners at Rasht's central prison were hanged on drug related charges. 

The report identifies the prisoners as "R.Z.", 26 years old, and "M.A.", 39 years old. R.Z. was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of trafficking one kilogram of crystal meth and M.A. was reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of buying and selling three kilograms of heroin.

IRIB reports on two unidentified prisoners who were executed in public in Bandar Abbas. 

The prisoners were reportedly 26 and 22 years old and their charges include two counts of rape, abduction, and assault & battery.

The Iranian state-run news agency, Mizan, which is tied to Iran's Judiciary, reported on the execution of two prisoners which were both carried out in public in Mashhad. The prisoners were reportedly sentenced to death on the charge of Moharebeh (enmity against God) through armed robbery and creating a state of fear & terror. According to Mizan, in 2014, the two prisoners were involved in an armed robbery in which they fired shots while fleeing the scene of the crime and caused injuries.

Photos of the public hanging in Mashhad (via Iran Human Rights)

Public execution in Mashhad, Iran, January 28, 2017

Public execution in Mashhad, Iran, January 28, 2017

Public execution in Mashhad, Iran, January 28, 2017



Source: Iran Human Rights, February 1, 2017

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