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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 executed on murder charges

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Iran Human Rights (Nov 1 2017): One prisoner was executed at Mashhad Central Prison; one at Urmia Central Prison, both on murder charges, and one at Maragheh Prison.

Execution in Urmia (Northwestern Iran)


According to a report by Kurdistan Human Rights Network which was also confirmed by Iran Human Rights (IHR), on the morning of Wednesday November 1, a prisoner was hanged at Urmia Central Prison (Darya) on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as Tohid Mohammad-Bagherloo, 30, was from Khoy and was in prison on murder charges for six years. He was transferred to solitary confinement from Ward 1 and 2 of Urmia Central Prison on Tuesday.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Execution in Mashhad (Northeastern Iran)


According to a report by Khorasan Newspaper, on the morning of Wednesday November 1, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison (Vakilabad) on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as M.T., was sentenced to death on murder charges.

The report stated that the prisoner murdered a 67-year-old man with the help of his friend in 2011.

Execution in Maragheh Prison


A prisoner was hanged at Maragheh Prison (East Azerbaijan province) on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday October 31, a prisoner was executed at Maragheh Prison (Northwestern Iran) on murder charges.

The prisoner, identified as Hooshang Delijan, 29, was from Hashtrud. He was arrested and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a taxi driver in Maragheh four years ago.

The execution of this prisoner has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran, which results in issuing death sentence for any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, November 3, 2017


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