Britain has urged China to “do the right thing” in a last-minute appeal to halt the execution of Akmal Shaikh, a British national on death row for drug smuggling. Foreign Office minister Ivan Lewis on Monday called on China to show clemency for Akmal Shaikh, who faces the death penalty on Tuesday, saying it was “not appropriate” to execute someone with a mental illness.
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British citizen Akmal Shaikh has been put to death in China at 10:30 local time, for drug smuggling, despite last-minute please for clemency from his family and the government. His execution has been strongly criticised by those who campaigned to save him.
I am afraid no matter what but I am unable to agree with state sanctioned murder.