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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…

Myanmar: Death sought for child rapists

Madaya Township locals stage a protest against rapists.
More than a thousand residents of Madaya township in Mandalay joined a protest march on February 17 demanding the death penalty for child rape.

The protest followed the rape and murder of a 2-1/2-year-old child last week in Madaya in which a man has been charged.

The protesters, numbering some 1500, marched from Dingar Creek at the town entrance to Mogoke road and onto a public forum shouting slogans, demanding a mandatory death penalty for child rapists. At the same time they sought to bring attention to the rising incidence of rape in the country.  

“We are calling for more stringent penalties for criminals who rape children to prevent such cases from recurring. Our main objective is to eradicate child rape and punish offenders with the death penalty,” one protest leader, Daw Myint Myint Zaw, said.

The protesters signed a petition that they would submit to parliament.

“We as parents are shocked and frightened every time we hear such news, even if the victim is somebody else’s child. Children cannot protect themselves,’’ she said.

“The incidence of child rape is increasing across the nation. Starting with our town, we are going to collect signatures from parents elsewhere and submit it to the Pyithu Hluttaw.

‘‘We will do everything within our means to make sure Phyo Htet Aung is sentenced to death,” said Ko Than Lwin, another protester.

Phyo Htet Aung is charged with the rape and murder of the child in Madaya township on February 13.

“My daughter was killed brutally. I want justice. I don’t want other parents to suffer like us,” said U Hlaing Zin Myint, father of the victim.

Source: Myanmar Times, Kyaw Ko Ko, February 19, 2018


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