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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: Man Hanged in Khoy Central Prison

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Iran Human Rights (Mar 12, 2018): A prisoner was hanged at Khoy Central Prison on rape charges.

According to a report by HRANA, on the morning of Sunday, March 11, a prisoner was executed at Khoy Central Prison on rape charges.

The prisoner was identified as Javad Golneyyat, and he had two young girls.

A close source said, “Mr. Golneyyat was sentenced to death on rape charges. He was executed at Khoy Central Prison this morning. He denied the accusation. That’s why his family and I went to prison today and asked the prison warden to delay the execution but all our efforts were in vain, and he was executed anyway.”

The execution of this prisoner, which is confirmed by IHR sources, has not been announced by the state-run media so far.

Source: Iran Human Rights, March 14, 2018


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