He was a man who had difficulty in dealing with life issues and most probably never dreamed his life would some day become a center of world wide controversy. Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued a strong condemnation of the execution of Akmail Shaikh, a fifty three year old emotionally disturbed man who was killed for possession of drugs while entering China. In an emotional meeting at the Foreign Office with Chinese Ambassador Fu Ying, the British government expressed its horror at what transpired in China. “It’s a depressing day for anyone with a modicum of compassion or commitment to justice” said a UK spokesman. Brown even called China’s premier Wen Jiabao but to no avail since the Chinese response is always the same, “unreasonable criticism” will impair relations with China.
The Chinese insist there was no medical history of Mr. Shaikh having mental problems and court procedures were fair. In fact, the Chinese boast, “out of humanitarian consideration, visas were granted to two cousins of Mr. Shaikh” so they could see him just before being led to his death. According to his relatives Chinese legal officials said Mr. Saikh should have produced his own evidence of being mentally unstable.
The Chinese invariably resort to blaming the world anytime they violate human rights and cite the argument that Western nations for decades interfered with their internal affairs and this will not happen again. There is something sad in this story only the sad part if the behavior of well educated Chinese who can sanction death for carrying drugs into a country.