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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…

Karawang migrant worker returns home after escaping death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan
Indonesian migrant worker Nurkoyah Marsan Dasan has returned home after being freed from the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

The 47-year-old from Karawang, West Java, arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.

She had been sentenced to death in 2011 after being found guilty of murdering her employer’s child in Saudi Arabia. Nurkoyah, however, appealed and was acquitted in April this year.

During her trial, Nurkoyah received legal assistance from the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh and lawyer Mishal Shareef.

“Nurkoyah's return is very special because she was accompanied all the way to her hometown by her lawyer Mishal Shareef, a well-known lawyer in Saudi who has been working intensively on several legal cases implicating Indonesian citizens,” Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nurkoyah’s family in Kertajaya village had been waiting eagerly for her return on Wednesday.  

"Finally, my sister is home. This is the result of our family’s prayers and efforts," Bean, Nurkoyah’s older sibling, said as quoted by kompas.com

During her 11 years in Saudi Arabia, Nurkoyah spent three years employed as a domestic worker and the remaining eight years facing legal proceedings following her arrest in 2010.

Source: Jakarta Post, July 5, 2018


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