Tennessee execution: Billy Ray Irick tortured to death, expert says in new filing

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: Two Hanged in ‌Baluchestan, Man executed in Tabriz

Public hanging, Iran
Iran Human Rights (Jul 2, 2018): One prisoner was hanged at Saravan Prison on Saturday morning and another one was hanged at Zahedan Central Prison on Sunday morning. 

Both prisoners were charged with murder.

According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday, June 30, a prisoner was hanged at Saravan Prison on murder charges.

Habibollah Sarbazi, Baluch human rights activist, told IHR, “The prisoner, sentenced to death on murder charges, was from Paskouh, Saravan.”

According to Baluch Activists Campaign, the prisoner was identified as Ahmad Zumakzehi, son of Karim Daad.

Furthermore, according to HRANA news agency, on the morning of Sunday, July 1, another prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central Prison on murder charges.

The prisoner was identified as Ebrahim Jahantigh, 26, from ward 4 of Zahedan Central Prison. He was transferred to the solitary confinement on Saturday, June 30.

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

Prisoner hanged in Tabriz

Iran Human Rights (Jul 3, 2018): A prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison on murder charges.

According to a close source, on the morning of Tuesday, July 3, a prisoner was executed at Tabriz Central Prison. 

The prisoner, charged with murder, was identified as Mohammad Aali, 52, from a village near Tabriz.

The prisoner, having been in prison for five years, was transferred to the solitary confinement from ward 9 of Tabriz Central Prison on Monday.

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, 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 3-4, 2018

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