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Urgent appeal: British man to be executed by Chinese in less than a week

December 23, 2009
Akmal Shaikh

Akmal Shaikh

From Amnesty International: “Akmal Shaikh is facing imminent execution in China. There are reports that his execution has been scheduled for 29 December 2009.

“Akmal, who is 53 and a father of five from north London, is believed to be mentally ill. He was sentenced to death for drug-smuggling on 29 October 2008 after an unfair trial. Although he appears to have suffered for many years with mental instability and is likely to have bipolar disorder, the Chinese authorities have refused to allow him to be examined by a doctor. According to Article 18 of China’s Criminal Law, a mental patient who commits a crime, and has not completely lost the ability to recognise or control his own conduct at the time, still has criminal responsibility but may be given a lighter punishment.”

You can learn more about Akmal Shaikh from Reprieve too.

Please take action now and ask Gordon Brown to urgently intervene on Akmal Shaikh’s behalf. Amnesty has proved text for you to send via the Downing Street website. Copy (amend if you wish) and paste into a message box:

Dear Prime Minister, As you know Akmal Shaikh, a British national is facing execution in China on 29 December 2009. The Chinese legal system has not taken into account his serious mental illness. I am appealing to you directly to make immediate representations to China’s President Hu Jintao.

Appealing on this man’s behalf will take less than five minutes of your time. Please add your voice to those calling for mercy. Thank you.

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