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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…

Indonesia: BNN Seize 48.16 Kilograms of Shabu and Other Illegal Drugs in Medan

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN), in collaboration with the Directorate General of Customs, has managed to thwart drug trafficking carried out by a China-based international network that transported the drugs from Penang, Malaysia, to Aceh and Medan.

BNN’s chief, Police Commissioner General Budi Waseso, said on Tuesday (3/7) that the seized narcotics consisted of 48.16 kilograms of methamphetamine, 3,702 ecstasy pills and 454 Happy Five pills.

A total of 11 people were named as suspects, one of whom was shot dead for resisting attempted arrest. “The drugs that we seized are equivalent to saving the lives of 345,000 people,”he said.

Budi Waseso said it took some time for BNN to uncover the case. Disclosure of this case was done in four different arrest locations. On March 1, 2017, in the first location, BNN’s team arrested suspect Meriadi (33) and Rizwan (36) who were alleged drug couriers.

They were arrested at Jalan Medan-Binjai. Rizwan was shot dead as he tried to fight the police officers. From the hands of these two suspects, officers seized 38 packs of shabu-shabu weighing 39.22 kilograms.

At the second location, officers raided a house in Gang Langgar, Medan, North Sumatra. Three people were captured: Saiful, Andri Maulana, and Zakaria. “The seized evidence consisted of 12.72 grams of methamphetamine, 3,702 ecstasy pills, and 454 happy five pills,” Budi Waseso said.

According to him, the arrest of three offenders were done at house of HAB, Zakaria’s brother, who is also a soldier. However, HAB had fled before the raid.

Budi Waseso said BNN immediately developed the case following the arrests. BNN officers then arrested 21-year old Heriza. The drug user and seller was captured in Johor Permai residential area in Johor, Medan.

BNN confiscated 7179.13 grams of shabu and 18 small packs of shabu weighing 1750.07 grams from the arrest of Heriza. Officers further developed the case and captured another suspect with the initials of DED Debang residential area in Tamansari, Medan.

Currently, the perpetrators are held in custody at BNN headquarters in Cawang. The suspects will be charged with Article 114 paragraph (1) and subsection 112 (1) Jo Article 132 paragraph (1) of Law No. 35 Year 2009 on Narcotics with the maximum punishment of death penalty or life imprisonment.

Source: Netral News, March 7, 2017

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