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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…

Sri Lanka: List of drug traffickers with death penalty to be handed to President today; Judicial executioners sought

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The Ministry of justice says the list of convicted drug traffickers who were sentenced with capital punishment is ready to be produced before the President, today.

The list has been compiled by the Justice Ministry in accordance with an order issued by the President.

President, yesterday (11), stated that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.

Reinstating of capital punishment was discussed at length at the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday (10).

Meanwhile, Department of Prisons said that they will discuss with the ministry on implementing the death penalty, in the coming few days.

Commissioner General of Prisons Nishan Danasinghe says that there are many urgent measures that should be taken in order to implement the death penalty.

As the position of the executioner is currently vacated, the vacancy must be filled immediately, he pointed out.

Prison Department To Call Applications For Judicial Executioners


The government decided to call for applications to the post of Judicial Executioner, which has been vacant since 2015. 

The decision comes after cabinet approval was granted to allow capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers.

Prison Media Spokesperson, Thushara Upuldeniya said there are 2 vacancies in the post of Judicial Executioner.

Meanwhile, Upuldeniya noted that the equipment and the rope used to execute death penalty have already been imported and stored at the Prisons Department.

According to Upuldeniya, although measures were taken to recruit people to the post twice before, both previous applicants have left after the training period.

At present, there are 13 inmates sentenced to death, over drug offenses.

Sources: adaderana.lk, newsfirst.lk, July 12, 2018


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