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Post by Admin on Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:37 am

A British drug smuggler whose family claimed was mentally ill was executed by the Chinese this morning. Akmal Shaikh, (is that a Welsh name?) 53, was killed despite last minute pleas for mercy. His death was confirmed by the Foreign Office.

The former cab firm manager from Kentish Town, London, was said to be suffering from bipolar disorder. His supporters claim he was duped into being a heroin drug mule by a gang in Poland where he was living homeless after he was told he would become a popstar. Human rights group Reprieve said Mr Shaikh was mentally ill and had been obsessed by recording a bizarre song 'Come Little Rabbit'.

PM Gordon Brown was among those who called for clemency. A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has intervened personally on a number of occasions. He has raised the case with Premier Wen, most recently at the Copenhagen summit, and has written several times to President Hu.

"At every level the Government has raised its concerns, made clear our opposition to the death penalty, and requested a full mental health assessment." Foreign minister Ivan Lewis made a last-ditch appeal to China tonight not to execute Briton Akmal Shaikh. Mr Lewis said it was "not right" that Mr Shaikh's mental health had not been taken into account when he was sentenced to death." Speaking before the execution Mr Lewis added: "We hope that the relationship that we have with China will count for something in the end." A candlelit vigil attended by members of Mr Shaikh's family was held outside the Chinese embassy in central London last night calling for a 11th hour stay of execution.

Seema Khan, 54, Mr Shaikh's cousin, from Chigwell, Essex, said: "I grew up with Akmal and I know that he would never knowingly have become involved in something of this nature. "He is an upright citizen who has never been in trouble with the law before."

Mr Shaikh was arrested in September 2007 in Urumqi, north west China. In November last year he was sentenced to death for carrying 9lb (4kg) of heroin into the country.
The People's Supreme Court of China turned down his final appeal on December 21.
On Sunday actor Stephen Fry, who also suffers from bipolar, used his Twitter account to ask for "one last push urging the Chinese government to show clemency for Akmal Shaikh". Mr Shaikh's cousins, brothers Soohail and Nasir Shaikh, were yesterday granted an hour-and-a-half with him and delivered messages from family members in the UK.

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Post by Snowflake on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:35 am

Why???

I might be harsh but just because we forgive all "sick" people in the west, does not mean they have to do it here in the east...

HE BROKE THE LAW and that is it... There are LARGE signs stating what will happen if you do...

RIP, better luck next time round...

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Post by taniabear on Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:21 pm

I guess the point is......did he do it for not? Was he used by drug gangs as a mule? Oh well, we wont know now. Stranger things have happened even similar things have happened...look at Shapelle Corby's case for example.
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