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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: Three Inmates Including Afghan Citizen Executed on Drug Charges

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Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged on the morning of Monday July 24. One of the prisoners was reportedly under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest. Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

Iran Human Rights (JULY 25 2017): Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged at Isfahan Central Prison on drug related charges. According to close sources, the executions were carried out on the morning of Monday July 24.

The prisoners have been identified as Mohsen Abdi, Javad Mir and Habib. The last name of Habib, who is the Afghan citizen, is not known at this time. 

Close sources tell Iran Human Rights that Javad Mir was under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest and was 22 years of age at the time of his execution. 

These prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement on Saturday July 22 in preparation for their executions.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions.

The execution of prisoners with drug charges continues in Iran while the Iranian Parliament has approved a general plan to amend the law for combating drugs. 

The Parliament is scheduled to vote on the bill again following a two-week holiday. In the event of the final approval of the plan, the death sentences for many prisoners will be commuted to a prison sentence.

According to experts, those who are executed in Iran on drug related charges are not the main drug dealers, but individuals who sell drugs as a result of poverty.

There has been a surge in executions in Iran since the end of Ramadan. Most of the prisoners were executed on drug related charges.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 25, 2017

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