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Report 88 December 28, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
RIP

Akmal Shaikh was convicted and sentenced to death penalty for serious drug trafficking on solid evidence. In fact, 150mg of heroin of high degree of purity would be lethal. The amount of heroin he carried was 4030g, enough to cause 26800 deaths. According to Chinese law, 50g of heroin is the threshold for the application of the death penalty. Even in the UK, he would be punished severely for his crime.

Drug trafficking is a grave crime worldwide. China has the bitter memory of drug problems in history, and is still facing severe situations at this moment, which undermines the social stability. The general public has a deep-seated hatred toward it.

China has acceded to United Nations Conventions against Illicit Drug Trafficking. In order to combat drugs, China faithfully honors its obligations under the conventions and cracks down on drug-related crimes. All cases of drug trafficking are dealt with according to law, regardless of nationality. To apply death penalty to the serious drug trafficking is helpful to preempt and prevent the drug trafficking.

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. UK consular officials visited Mr.Shaikh several times in prison and attended relevant trials.



We fully respect the UK and EU's decision to abolish the death penalty. However, half of the countries in the world still maintain the death penalty. And in China the conditions are not yet met for abolishing the death penalty. And the majority view in China is against such abolition.

Death penalty is applied in a cautious and strictly limited manner. Reforms were introduced to ensure that all death penalty cases are reviewed and approved by the Supreme People's Court. Such reforms will continue.

This case has been undergoing for more than two years, it is absurd to link it with the issue of Climate Change.



http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/sghd/t647792.htm
Report noddys ryde December 28, 2009 9:16 AM GMT
We wouldn't like it if the Chineese told us how we should run our criminal justice system.
Report Larry's Codpiece. December 28, 2009 9:50 AM GMT
I don't agree with the death penalty but if you go to a country which does and you commit a crime which carries that penalty then you only have yourself to blame.
Report Iwantyourmoney December 28, 2009 12:03 PM GMT
Looks like the Chinese take the abuse of their people very seriously.

Just a pity our government do not do the same.

:( :(
Report noddys ryde December 28, 2009 12:21 PM GMT
Something smells about this story-what on earth was a sick man doing travelling on his own in China?
Report Randolph Scott December 28, 2009 12:33 PM GMT
Looks like he was set up, but that doesn't absolve him of blame.
He knew full well what he was doing.
The people who he was trafficking for will have it on their conscience, that is if they have such a thing.
Report noddys ryde December 28, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
randy-you seem to know a lot about it. How do you know what happened?
Report Randolph Scott December 28, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
I read the trial transcript.
Report sideline December 28, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
China! not a nanny state, send the U.K. drug dealers there.
Report noddys ryde December 28, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
He apparently went from Poland to China....why was he not looking after his family....what did this British citizen do for a living?
Report V4 Vendetta December 28, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
How much is a Malik Sheik now?
Report monmore man December 28, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
He is not British so why do we care. Hang him, or should I say shoot him!
Report monmore man December 28, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
Even if his name was Lee Smith I would still want him shot.
Report V4 Vendetta December 28, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
Well, that's where we differ. That name is protected, imo.
Report monmore man December 28, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
Lee Smith would be biggr odds to have committed the crime. ;)
Report sap December 28, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
Only a barbaric society could have the appetite to execute a mentally ill father convicted of a non violent crime.
Report HarryCrumb December 28, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
The old mental illness excuse. Surely nobody believes that one anymore.
Report whodareswins December 28, 2009 10:16 PM GMT
If drug dealing is a non violent crime why do drug dealers carry weapons?
Report paradox and equilibrium December 28, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
Run Rabbit run Rabbit run run run.
Report sap December 28, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
The old mental illness excuse. Surely nobody believes that one anymore.

He suffers from a form of bipolar disorder and the Chinese authorities seem to confirm this by placing him in a secure hospital.
Report sap December 28, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
If drug dealing is a non violent crime why do drug dealers carry weapons?

Did Akmal carry a weapon ?
Report Iwantyourmoney December 28, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
Does Stephen the luvvie Fry suffer from this illness?

He is allowed to plague our TV sets.

Does he not head that QI programme?

;) ;)
Report 88 December 29, 2009 8:48 AM GMT
RIP.

I wonder if any more brits will risk smuggling drugs into china after this.
Report evski December 29, 2009 9:09 AM GMT

whodareswins 28 Dec 23:16
If drug dealing is a non violent crime why do drug dealers carry weapons?


with dim-witted comments like this how can rational debate about drugs ever happen.

.88, people do not comitt crimes believeing they will be caught; of course he won't be the last brit to smuggle drugs.
Report Shab December 29, 2009 11:51 AM GMT
He suffers from a form of bipolar disorder and the Chinese authorities seem to confirm this by placing him in a secure hospital.

Maybe he went mental after being told what the punishment was for his crime?
Report Randolph Scott December 29, 2009 12:00 PM GMT
A bit of advice for any forumites contemplating smuggling drugs into China.....

He was arrested at Urumqi airport in September 2007 with four kilos of heroin in a suitcase. The threshold for the death penalty in China is just 50g.

So it would be sensible to smuggle quantities below the threshold imo.
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