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…

Saudi national executed for shooting and killing man in Asir

Saudi police officers
The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha

A Saudi national was executed in the kingdom for shooting and killing a man in the region of Asir, the kingdom’s interior ministry announced on Monday.

Gibran bin Salem bin Joueid al-Qahtani shot and killed Omar bin Mohammed bin Muraya al-Qahtani due to a dispute between them, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Security authorities arrested the offender and following an investigation, he was charged with the crime referred him to the criminal court.

The court found him guilty and sentenced him to death and the ruling was upheld by the appeals court and the Supreme Court.

The execution sentence was carried out on Monday in the city of Abha in the Asir region.

The interior ministry asserted the keenness of the government “to maintain security and achieve justice” and punish violators of such heinous crimes.

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for several offences including murder, drug-related crimes, homosexuality and terrorism.

According to Amnesty International, the kingdom executed 146 people in 2017.

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Public execution in Saudi Arabia

Source: gulfbusiness.com, September 3, 2018

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