|British drug smuggler executed after approval from Supreme People's Court|
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
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
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.
Criminals should all be punished according to law regardless of their nationality, SPC said.
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
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.