China Executes Mentally Ill British Man Lured Into Smuggling Heroin

December 29, 2009 BBC World URUMQI, China - China brushed aside international appeals Tuesday and executed a British drug smuggler who relatives say

December 29, 2009 BBC World

URUMQI, China - China brushed aside international appeals Tuesday and executed a British drug smuggler who relatives say was mentally unstable and unwittingly lured into crime.

Britain's prime minister quickly criticized the execution — China's first of a European citizen in nearly 60 years.

"I condemn the execution of Akmal Shaikh in the strongest terms, and am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted. I am particularly concerned that no mental health assessment was undertaken," Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a statement issued by the Foreign Office. Read more at MSNBC

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