British Citizen Akmal Shaikh Executed in China

During the past few days, there have been numerous appeals for clemency and reprieve concerning the case of Akmal Shaikh. Shaikh was caught at a Chinese airport with just over 4KG of heroin on his person, and was sentenced to execution by lethal injection which was carried out this morning. On humanitarian grounds, he was not informed of his fate until 24 hours before the execution was due.

Appeals were made based on his mental state at the time, as he was apparently a sufferer of bipolar disorder. Many British officials were outraged by the fact that this had not been considered by the Chinese when they passed their sentence on him. His daughter even claimed that he was deceived into carrying the suitcase which contained the heroin. She said Polish drug smugglers tricked him while he was delusional, promising to make him a pop star when he got to China.

This act on the part of the Chinese has stirred up a veritable hornet’s nest of indignation amongst British politicians, family members, and mental health organisations. His daughter claimed that “I am shocked and disappointed that the execution went ahead with no regards to my dad’s mental health problems, and I struggle to understand how this is justice.” Many were concerned by the fact that Akmal Shaikh was expected to provide his own evidence of his mental illness. His brothers, who flew out to China to try and prevent the execution, stated “We are astonished at suggestions that Akmal himself should have provided evidence of his own fragile state of mind. We find it ludicrous that any mentally-ill person should be expected to provide this.”

The Chinese embassy claimed that Shaikh had no previous record of mental illness, and that Mr. Shaikh’s rights were “were properly respected and guaranteed”. However, China has warned that further criticism of this case could harm UK/China relations. Nevertheless, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said “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.”

This decision has come to a shock to all those who have been following the case, and even more so to those who were close to Akmal Shaikh, and is a stark reminder of the fact that the death penalty is still fully endorsed by some countries. London escorts are grateful that this penalty is never carried out in the United Kingdom.