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Old 12-30-2009, 02:41 AM
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BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) - Akmal Shaikh, a British national who was convicted of smuggling drugs into China, was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday in Urumqi after approval from China's Supreme People's Court (SPC). The SPC said Tuesday that it had reviewed and approved the death sentence against Akmal Shaikh.

Shaikh, 53, male, was caught carrying up to 4,030 grams of heroin at the international airport of Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous from Dushanbe, capital of Tajikstan, on the morning of Sept. 12, 2007.

Shaikh was sentenced to death in the first instance by the Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi on Oct. 29, 2008 and his final verdict came in October after two failed appeals.

The SPC said in a statement that Shaikh had broken China's Criminal Law by smuggling huge amounts of heroin, and "the evidence was certain and the facts were clear."

His behavior constituted the crime of drug smuggling and the crime committed was extremely serious, the SPC said.

It said the sentence handed down by the Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi in accordance with Article 48 and 347 of China's Criminal Law was appropriate.

China's Criminal Law stipulates that people trafficking more than 50 grams of heroin are punishable by death.

Crimes concerning drugs had been universally recognized as serious criminal offences and had a severe negative social impact, said the SPC statement, adding the general public, in China and other countries, demanded severe punishment for such crimes.

China's Criminal Law stipulates that everyone was equal before the law and no one was permitted to transgress the law.

Criminals should all be punished according to law regardless of their nationality, SPC said.

Although China retained death penalty, it had exercised strict control over capital punishment, said the statement.

The application of death penalty for drug smugglers who caused serious social consequences would serve to deter criminals and prevent drug-related crimes, it said.

The SPC also said that the defendant's litigation rights and legitimate treatment had been fully granted in custody and trial.

Officials from the British embassy in China and a British organization had proposed a mental disease examination on Akmal Shaikh, but the documents they provided could not prove he had mental disorder nor did members of his family have history of mental disease, the SPC said.

Akmal Shaikh himself did not provide relevant materials regarding him having a mental disease, according to the SPC.

"There is no reason to cast doubt on Akmal Shaikh's mental status," the SPC said.
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12/29/2009
British national Akmal Shaikh became on Tuesday the first European citizen to be executed in China in 50 years.

The Briton was arrested in September 2007 after he was caught trying to smuggle almost 4 kg of heroin to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

According to the Financial Times, Shaikh, who reportedly suffered from a bipolar disorder, was tricked into smuggling the drugs by a criminal gang that had lured him with promises of a singing career.

Shaikh's family members maintained that the mentally challenged man did not even know that the drugs were in the suitcase at the time of his arrest, the Financial Times says.

Shaikh was sentenced to death in December 2008 and lost his final appeal earlier this year in China's Supreme Court, AFP writes.

British authorities had made several appeals to the Chinese Supreme Court to overturn the sentence on account of Shaikh's mental illness. However, the Chinese side felt they had failed to provide sufficient evidence of Shaikh's disorder, the Financial Times reports.

The execution prompted an immediate condemnation from Gordon Brown, Britain’s prime minister:
“I condemn the execution of Akmal Shaikh in the strongest terms, and am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted. I am particularly concerned that no mental health assessment was undertaken,” the Financial Times quotes a statement issued by the British Foreign Office as saying.

According to Chinese law, the penalty for smuggling, trafficking or transporting more than 50 g of heroin or other drugs is death by execution. Shaikh had brought in 80 times that amount, China Daily notes.

China carries out more executions every year than the rest of the world combined, according to AFP.
Shaikh's execution could lead to the opening of a diplomatic rift between China and the UK, the Financial Times warns.
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12/30/2009 (CNN) -The British government condemned China's execution of a British national Tuesday on drug smuggling charges.

"I ... am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted," Prime Minister Gordon Brown said. "I am particularly concerned that no mental health assessment was undertaken."

Akmal Shaikh was convicted of carrying up to 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin at the Urumqi Airport in September 2007. According to Chinese law, 50 grams (1.76 ounces) is the threshold for the death penalty.

China defended the execution in a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in London.

"Drug trafficking is a grave crime worldwide," the statement said. "The concerns of the British side have been duly noted and taken into consideration by the Chinese judicial authorities in the legal process, and Mr. Shaikh's rights and interests under Chinese law are properly respected and guaranteed."

The 53-year-old is the first European executed in China in 50 years, according to the British legal group Reprieve.

The Chinese ambassador to the UK, Fu Ying, was summoned to the British Foreign Office in the hours following Shaikh's execution, the Foreign Office told CNN. The ambassador was set to meet Ivan Lewis, minister of state.

"I had a difficult conversation with the Chinese ambassador today," Lewis said in a statement following the meeting. "I made clear that the execution of Mr. Shaikh was totally unacceptable and that China had failed in its basic human rights responsibilities in this case, in particular that China's court had not considered the representations made about Mr. Shaikh's mental condition."

"We are deeply saddened, stunned and disappointed at the news of the execution of our beloved cousin, Akmal," Soohail and Nasir Shaikh said in a statement issued on behalf of the family. "This was carried out this morning despite repeated requests for clemency and a proper appraisal of Akmal's mental state."

His family and the British government had asked Chinese leaders for clemency. His supporters argued that Shaikh was mentally ill, and that Chinese officials did not take his mental condition into account when trying him. Shaikh's advocates say he suffered from a bipolar disorder and that he was tricked into carrying heroin into China with promises of a career as a pop singer.

"The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the execution of Akmal Shaikh," the EU presidency said in a statement. "It deeply regrets the fact that China has not heeded the repeated calls by the European Union and one of its member states for the death sentence passed against Mr. Shaikh to be commuted."

The EU remains opposed to capital punishment, the statement said.

Brown raised Shaikh's case with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during the international climate summit in Denmark earlier this month.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband echoed Gordon Brown's concerns about the execution.
"The UK is completely opposed to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances," Miliband said. "However, I also deeply regret the fact that our specific concerns about the individual in this case were not taken into consideration. ... These included mental health issues, and inadequate professional interpretation during the trial."

Sally Rowen, legal director with Reprieve, condemned the execution.

"The death of Akmal Shaikh is a sad indictment of today's world, and particularly of China's legal system," she said. "Akmal was a gentle man who suffered from a tormenting illness ... and was betrayed and deliberately killed by one of the most powerful nations on Earth."

Before the execution, Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said it would be a "major step backwards for China" to execute a mentally ill man.

"Both Chinese and international law clearly indicate that a person who committed a crime while suffering from significant mental illness should not be subjected to the death penalty," Alston said in a statement released by Reprieve.

China expressed hope that the case would not affect the relationship between the two nations.
"We value the China-British relationship," said Jiang Yu, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. "So we hope the British authority can treat this matter rationally and not let it create new barrier between the two countries. I have emphasized that this is an independent criminal case. It has nothing to do with anything else."

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A good drug smuggler is a dead one.

Well done China!

I hope someday Philippines can do the same to western drug smugglers and other western criminals
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Maybe we can start with jailing those American soldiers who raped our women.
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Well put.

But our government officials don't have guts. I don't think in reality anyone in government would challenge the Americans.

That's why people are saying we are still an American colony.
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I hope someday Philippines can do the same to western drug smugglers and other western criminals
sa pinas pag mayaman ka na sindikato sa droga laging lusot kahit kilo-kilo ang nasasabat kasi may mga kapit sa mga matataas at nakukuha sa pera or lagayan. kaya di na masusugpo ang problem sa bansa natin and sa pinas ka lang makakita ng mga tiangge shabu,ilan naba ung na raid pero after sometimes hayan ulit sila tsk tsk tsk....ung mga druglord hayun tuloy pa rin sa kita ng limpak limpak na salapi,ni walang konsensya,di man lang nakonsensya sa mga kinabukasan na nawawasak nya.

pero pag mahirap ka kahit mahulihan ka ng ilang gramo lang ,sorry na lang at magdusa ka at bunuin mo sentensya mo sa kulungan.


alam nyo kung may bitay na kamatayan sa pinas about drugs at wala ng court appeals baka libo libo na ung binitay sa pinas. kaya lang wala ng mas iimpossible pa sa kinang ng pera, at isa pa sa pakikialam ng simbahan,kaya di mapatupad ang bitay.
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