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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: A Qisas Execution and a Potential Pardon on the Same Day

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Iran Human Rights (July 1, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Northern Iranian city of Rasht's Central Prison on murder charges. 

Hossein Esmailpour, charged with murdering a prominent clergyman in Rasht, was scheduled for execution on the same day. 

However, just some seconds before the execution, the plaintiffs asked for one month time to think more whether they really want the Qisas (retaliation in kind) to be carried out or they will select forgiveness. 

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, June 30, a prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison. 

The prisoner, sentenced to death on the charge of murder, was identified as Ali Arezumand.

A close source told IHR, “Ali Arezumand was charged with murdering his wife with a sickle four years ago.”

Meanwhile, Hossein Esmailpour, another prisoner who was also supposed to be executed on Saturday, was able to ask for time from the plaintiffs.

Hossein Esmailpour was a student at a religious school. He is convicted of murdering Fakhri Langaroudi with the complicity of two of his friends in September 2014.

One of Hossein Esmailpour’s relatives told IHR, “We are very grateful to the Fakhris, especially Haj Ne’mat Fakhri, who gave Hossein another chance. Haj Ne’mat Fakhri was able to convince his family to give Hossein another chance at the last moment. We hope for the day when the Fakhris forgive Hossein.”


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

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 240 of the 517 execution sentences in 2017 were implemented due to murder charges. 

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

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 1, 2018


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