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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…

Pakistan: Five executed on terrorism charges, 4 sentenced to death

Pakistan executes 5 'terrorists' at prison in northwest

Pakistan's military says authorities have hanged 5 "hardcore terrorists" after they were found guilty of carrying out attacks in the country.

A military statement says the executions were carried out on Wednesday at a prison in the northwest.

It says the convicts belonged to the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. 

The executions came 2 months after military courts were shut down in Pakistan following the expiration of their 2-year constitutional mandate.

The courts were set up after a December 2014 Taliban attack on a school in the northwest killed 150 people, mostly children.

The attack also prompted Pakistan to lift its moratorium on the death penalty. Since then, Pakistan has executed over 400 people. Most of those executed were not linked to terrorism-related cases.


4 convicts get death penalty


A local court in Sahiwal awarded capital punishment to 4 murder accused and fined Rs100,000 each here the other day.

According to the prosecution, the accused - Imran, Ameen, Ghaffar Ahmed and Aziz - said to be cousins, had shot dead 3 members of a family - Allah Ditta Kartar, Muhammad Iqbal and Ameer - for contracting love-marriage with 2 girls of their family after lifting them from their house in 2011.

In light of the evidence, Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Zubair sentenced the accused to death and fined them Rs100,000 each.

Source: Associated Press, nation.com.pk, March 9, 2017

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