China approves death for British smuggler
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Thomas 2010-01-02 23:22
 Heavy use of the death penalty (and other harsh forms of punishment) is usually a sign of a polarized and not very harmonious society. That may be a reason why the USA uses the death penalty a lot, while it has been abolished in most of Europe many decades ago. I hope that China will soon reach a level of development where such barbarious penalties are no longer used. In past history China was a often a model of civilization and enlightenment to the world - let's hope it will again be so in future.
 
LandofLincoln 2010-01-01 04:43
 Amnesty International has joined a chorus of criticism of China over the execution by lethal injection of Akmal Shaikh, a British convicted drug smuggler said by friends and family to have been mentally ill.
Amnesty said Shaikh's execution again highlighted the "injustice and inhumanity of the death penalty, particularly as it is implemented in China". Amnesty estimates China executes at least three times as many people as every other country put together.
Sam Zarifi, Amnesty's Asia programme director, said: "Much information about the death penalty is considered a state secret but Mr Shaikh's treatment seems consistent with what we know from other cases: a short, almost perfunctory trial where not all the evidence was presented and investigated, and the death penalty applied to a non-violent crime.
Philip Alston, a UN special rapporteur, told Radio 4's Today programme that the refusal to allow doctors to assess Shaikh's mental health was "clearly in violation not only of Chinese law but also international law".
"International law points very strongly in the direction of only carrying out the death penalty for crimes which have led to deaths," he said.
Sally Rowen, the legal director of the death penalty team at Reprieve, said: "The death of Akmal Shaikh is a sad indictment of today's world and particularly of China's legal system. Akmal was a gentle man who suffered from a tormenting illness; he slipped through the cracks of society and was betrayed and deliberately killed by one of the most powerful nations on earth. We at Reprieve are sickened by what we have seen during our work on this case."
 
S.M. 2009-12-31 12:49
 Go China! Please, even if this guy was "bi-polar" or had other issues he knew what he was doing was illegal. Especially if he knowingly made some phoney deal to bring the drugs into China in exchange for a "recording contract." The only legit excuse would be if the guy was mentally handicapped as in RETARDED or SLOW. Claiming to have an emotional issue doesn't cut it as far as I'm concerned. If more drug smugglers were put to death on a regular basis it wouldn't be such an attractive way to make a quick buck!
 
Clarance Weston 2009-12-31 10:09
 He was in China and broke their laws, therefore he should pay their penalty, too many countries are too lax concerning drugs. If you can't do the time then don't do the crime. My respect to China for not listening to the interference from Britain. I live in Canada and we need to execute a few here too.
 
david 2009-12-31 09:43
 as an american, i have to agree with this sentence.
ive lived in china for 7 years and ive learned much about this great country. many people teach me its history and with the old opium wars and so on i think this is a good decision.
we need send a message to these people "you cannot break the laws here and expect to be set free"

drug dealers are some of the worst type of scum in this world because what they promote is long term suffering to people while making a profit. i find it disgusting.

but sometimes i think that the death sentence maybe to easy for some criminals. would it not be better to let them suffer 25 years of breaking rocks?

hail china for its stance on this policy. i agree 1000%

xin nian kuai le
 
Asian Perspective 2009-12-31 09:18
 China has every rights to carry out the punishment under China's law regardless of what nationality.

The Brit have no rights to summoned China's Ambassador to protest and that includes their EU partners. It is so low down to use the excuse as mental problem.

China is right to carry out the sentence and SHOULD CONTINUE to do so without giving in to political pressure from any countries. If foreigner/s think that they can get away with it whenever their president or prime minister intervene, think of the consequence before doing it.

As long as China carry out the sentence under China's law, there is no one in the world that can condemn it.
 
david lim 2009-12-31 07:40
 The west, particularly the English speaking worlds are not REMORSEFUL about their past wrong doings such as committing genocides including rapings against native peoples all over the world, stealing, cheating, exploiting, bullying, corrupting and other horrendous activities. Today, Britain and her colonies Australia (leader of the anti-China chorus)and New Zealand are interfering in China's judiciary systems. they must cease such activities or else teach them a lesson The Chinese people MUST not forget the Opium Wars !!!!
 
excuses 2009-12-29 16:14
 Anyone will come out with excuses of 'mental illness" to spare life especially if it involves death penalty.However, if it was just 30 years no one will talk about "mental illness" as an issue.

I have lived long enough out West to say that lawyers of defendant ALWAYS seek to mental illness as reason to avoid death penalty.
 
Kill the Chogs 2009-12-29 16:01
 Enough said
 
Kiueen 2009-12-29 15:50
 I think it is reasonable for the UK to find something in order to protect its people and its name but it is a lame excuse to use mental illness.
 
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