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China stands firm on death row Briton

December 23rd, 2009
01:37 PM ET

Chinese authorities are set to go ahead with plans to execute a 53-year-old British man convicted of smuggling four kilograms (nine pounds) of heroin at Urumqi Airport in September 2007. [cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/23/china.death.row.art.jpg caption ="Briton Akmal Shaikh is due to be executed on December 29th."]

A final appeal to China’s People’s Supreme Court to pardon Akmal Shaikh has been rejected as have repeated representations from the UK’s Foreign Office in recent weeks. Even the intervention of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown appears to have come to nothing.

As things stand Shaikh will be executed – the first citizen of the European Union to suffer such a fate in over 50 years reportedly.

But Shaikh’s supporters say that he is suffering from mental illness and should be pardoned.

Reprieve, a UK-based legal action charity, say that Shaikh – who reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder – has been refused a proper mental assessment by the Chinese authorities and that his condition hasn’t been taken into consideration during his trial and sentencing.

The charity commissioned its own preliminary psychological report which suggested that Shaikh was likely suffering from “some form of delusional psychosis."

Reprieve say that Shaikh was lured to China by two men who were promising to help him launch a pop music career.

Shaikh’s children say their father has been “seriously ill for much of his life” and they called for the Chinese people to show “compassion and humanity.”

But a spokesman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN in October there was no evidence of Shaikh’s mental illness.

"The British Embassy and a British organization proposed to have a psychological exam but could not offer any proof of mental illness," the spokesman said. "The defendant himself said that his family does not have a history of mental illness."

"This case has always been handled according to law. During the trial, the defendant has been guaranteed his legal rights," Jiang Yu, spokeswoman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday.

We’d like your thoughts on this case. Do you think Chinese authorities have a duty to reexamine the mental wellbeing of Shaikh before condemning him to death? Or are they right to ignore the appeals? Do you think the death penalty a fair sentence for drug-smuggling?  Post your comments below.

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  1. Akiranika

    Absolutely. China should indeed execute any and all who would bring such harmful filth into their country! If more countries would have the balls to do this maybe it would help curb the distribution of these addicting drugs!

    December 23, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  2. SK

    Sure, go ahead and let an outside party examine him again. It'd be a shame if it was a situation like that in "Brokedown Palace."

    December 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  3. wtf

    why not, every drugsdealer can pretend to be mental-ill, then nobody in the world will be punished!!!

    December 23, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  4. AK

    I say, reexamine him. However, for China, if he was found mentally ill after they had convicted him, this might be a loss of 'face' for the Chinese., so I could see why they might be hessitant to reexamine. I don't support the death penalty, so, NO, don't execute him. Should he do hard time, yes! Singapore executing the australian gentleman a few years ago was terribly wrong.. for a first offense, he should have not been executed.

    December 23, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  5. Dinesh

    He was sentenced for smuggling drugs. If the Chinese law requires him to be executed then that is unavoidable regardless of his plea based on mental health. Bipolar or not, he was smuggling drugs. However, there is a larger issue of Chinese human rights in question. The Chinese legal system appears to have a less than modern flavor and more than slightly barbaric perhaps a left over legacy of Genghis Khan. The larger issue remains that China and it's legal system need reform. Shaikh is just a victim of the current and somewhat barbaric Chinese legal system. He is not the only person to be executed, the Chinese tend to execute quickly once guilt is legally established. The humane factor in missing in their system.

    December 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  6. frank

    Mainland China's drug problems are absolutely miniscule compared to the rest of the world so their expeditious death sentence policy for drug dealers and smugglers appears to be working quite well, does it not? Perhaps the West would do well to adopt China's policy. The only place in China with overt drug problems is Hong Kong and the reason for this is the British controlled it for 100 years and ruined the place. China needs to follow through and execute this Islamic former Xin Xiang ren.

    December 23, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  7. Tong jay

    Well its said that when thing are going tough with the less priviledge .. no one take it for cognisance but when it happens to the so called known they make it glearing to the world ... Though there should not be death penalty to human race ... but chinese Law does not supports this .. Now its right time to kick against death penalty ... and if possible change it to life imprisonment . Am not racist neither discriminating but very long time the Less privilegde citizen expecially the African surffers this and no world leaders helps this ... Now its the turn of British in china ..Pls look into chinese law you the world leaders before its too late ... their must be no Death penalty all over the word ..

    December 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  8. Ken

    The common laws of America and England are far superior to the laws in China. I don't think that you will find insanity defense in Chinese law. They still enforce the archaic legal ways of executing drug addicts and drug smugglers without giving them their proper due process of law. When traveling to China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, be very careful. One could be executed in these countries for just smoking weed. China should simply deport Shaikh back to England and let him be tried under British law. The American and British legal system reigns supreme!!!

    December 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  9. AP

    He knew the rules before he entered the country with those drugs. Face the consequences!

    December 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  10. Ferdinand Vondruska

    In dubio pro reo. If Shaikh is really (mentally) ill, let an independent country's psychologist (Canada) check him out in detail.

    December 23, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  11. sv

    Obviously he should be given an outside mental illness examination but I personally fail to see where Bi-Polarness would affect his judgement to the extent that it would help it much. People need to realize that when you do something wrong in another country, you are under that country's laws, period. Whether we think it is too severe a sentence or not, it is China's law and Chinese nationals are under the same rules. If they execute their own citizens for this than other country's citizens are subject to the same punishments. It is the same here in the US with the death penalty, in some states you are under those rules and whether you live there or not, if you murder someone in those jurisdictions you are sentenced the same.

    December 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  12. anna

    I'am against death penalty in general for any sort of crime. In my opinion there is no crime that justify a death sentence.
    He should have a fair process, in which everything is examend. If he is found guilty after that, he should sent to prison for a couple of years.
    I think 2 to 3 years in a Chinees prison is enough to never do this kind of things again.

    December 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  13. co

    how is the death penalty executed in China? does any body care about that?

    December 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  14. Varun

    Its their law, westerners seem to have this attitude that once they are in another country no law applies to them and think that their embassies are ever ready to bail 'em out if ever they are caught in some situation.
    I have no sympathies.

    December 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  15. AnjelusX

    Yes they should execute him, those who distribute, peddle and grow/create these poisons should be and rightfully so.

    As for the death penalty in general, in the case of many violent crimes, if the person is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt then they should be executed. I'm amused by people who are against the death penalty. We should as tax payers be paying to clothe, feed, and otherwise look after these animals.

    A dog bites a person, we have it put down, a person kills a person, same rules should apply.

    Executing them won't bring their victims back, but it makes absolutely sure that 1. They can't do it again, and 2. We don't have to pay our hard earned money so they can sit around in jail wasting food and oxygen the rest of us could use.

    December 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  16. DM

    Once you are in another country, you are under that country's law. Face it! It's all the same around the world!

    December 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  17. Baydot

    Funny how this is made a big issue, because it's an outsider facing death. If it was a chinese citizen who was in his position, we won't be reading about this, and the westerner wouldn't care.

    December 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  18. Franco

    Everybody who is smugling drugs should be sentenced to death. there is no difference between chinese or britons or anybody else.

    December 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  19. Tony Bowling

    The guy had the ability (if he is guilty) to get to China and buy drugs. He cannot be too crazy. I do not agree with the death penalty for such an act but the excuse that he is "bipolar" is just nonsense. Bipolar is just one of those concocted things the psychs and drug makers made up to sell more drugs – along with ADD and 100s of others. Akmal needs a stiff kid up the ass and a long prison sentence which will also cure his bipolar.

    December 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  20. Didu

    to Dinesh:
    Don't ever ever say a word about the topic that you don't have a clue. Your reference of Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khaan to be correct) to old fashioned chinese legal system is meaningless. As a direct descendants of Chinggis Khaan's Mongol empire, today's Mongolia's legal system is far more liberal than you might ever guess. Despite his and his successors' invasion of China for hundreds of years just the same as Britain did to India, there is no single reason to connect Chinggis Khaan to China.

    December 23, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  21. Dodie ~ CA

    China has a long history of recreational opium use dating back to the fifteenth century and was limited by its rarity and expense. It seemed not to be a problem until the British became involved. The British opium trade along China's seacoast has come to symbolize China's centuries-long addiction to Opium. The opium trade became more regular by the seventeenth century, when it was mixed with tobacco for smoking. Opium prohibition in China began in 1729 yet was followed by increasing opium use for nearly two centuries.

    China’s trading with the British lead to a decrease of the British silver stocks. Therefore, the British tried to encourage Chinese opium use through deliveries by Indian provinces under British control, to enhance their silver stock balance.

    Two Opium Wars in 1839 and 1858 resulted from the Chinese emperor in desperate attempts to stop the opium deliveries. After 1860, opium use continued to increase with widespread domestic production in China, until more than a quarter of the male population was addicted by 1905.

    This history may shed some light on the reason China has such strict laws in force today! Even prescription medications containing Opium in any amount must be cleared by the authorities before entering China.

    December 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  22. Brad

    I understand China's opposition to drug-smuggling, given their history with opium (which I personally think has a lot to do with their dramatic downfall in the nineteenth and early twentieth century). Possession and use of marijuana is a highly prosecutable offense in China, unlike in most American or Canadian cities. I understand the Chinese government's desire to curb any drug-smuggling activities, and although I have reservations about the actual legal process, I am completely in favor of their actions. As many have mentioned here, China, unlike Mexico or the US, is NOT losing the war on drug. I wish Americans would adopt at least a firmer attitude towards illegal drug trafficking.

    December 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  23. Ken Han

    I agree – An outside mental exam. Perhaps in good faith. More than likely that is not the case. Thus their law and punishment may proceed. – That is unfortunate. I was certain the UK had the weight to intervene. Guess not.(?) – If proceeding, US/Mexico can learn from this. Also, we all can, when buying Chinese products, and or thinking about the Chinese standard for living ...Tibet, the oppressed, industrial sabotage on exported Chinese products that poison and kill hundreds or thousands at horrific cost...that is OK? in there book? Well, this is certain – We'll never understand their standards for doing things, legal, ethical or otherwise. (Either that or their current legal system is also a reflection of their own environment, physical and otherwise)

    December 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  24. Dodie ~ CA

    Because this man is British and Great Britain was basically responsible for China’s addiction to Opium resulting in one quarter of their male population addicted, I fully understand their reason for implementing the death penalty!

    December 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  25. darktwy

    Smuggling drugs should be heavily penalized in any country as you are providing/helping the citizen of that country with poison, just as British did with China before using Opium. If someone smuggles drugs and gets only a few years in prison, you are encouraging more people to do so. Death penalty sounds harsh to many, but sometimes you need to things that way to protect your country.

    December 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Reply
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    December 23, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  27. Pervez

    Drug trafficking just as terrorism are wars that cant be won unless exemplanary punishment is meted out to the guilty. one has to look at what a havok is caused to the youth and the parents .Please dont make this into a political issue and let the law of the land take its coarse.

    December 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  28. Elke, Germany

    I´m absolutely against the death penalty. There is no sort of crime that justifies a death penalty. Nobody,also not a state or a government. has the right to kill a person, whatever the person should have done. That means that all verdicts should have the right of a fair and transparent trial with a just and reasonable sentence. It´s tragic enough that there are wars with so many innocent civilians.
    To be clear, I don´t know any country where a death penalty has caused a change to the better.

    December 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  29. Leslie

    What would happen, if, for arguments sake, someone slipped into your suitcase a couple of Kgs of drugs unbeknownest by you, to be picked up once you cleared customs. Don´t laugh, this could happen to anyone. How would you feel then about the death penalty that applies in these backward countries.....I will NEVER EVER visit any country that still have these archaic laws where innocent or the mentally infirm are legally killed without just and fair due process. A human being should not, must not, ever be killed by another human being, for any reason what so ever. The worst punishment applied is being deprived of your liberty.....where have you heard this before....you may say that life behind bars is inhumane!, but I say at least you still have a chance of proving your innocence, If you´re not sure, look at the death row reprives since DNA joined the show.

    December 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  30. SparkyMaddy

    Few countries execute people anymore. China, Iran, Iraq, and of course the USA. In Canada, Australia, most of Europe, South America etc it isn't allowed anymore. Not only does it protect the potentially innocent it's a lot cheaper than for example the USA which drags the process on for an incredible length of time.

    December 23, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  31. ji zhang

    do u know how many families will be broken by 4k heorin, do you know how many people will be killed by those heorin.

    all drug dealers deserver the death penalty.

    December 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  32. Tim

    If you enter a foreign country, then you agree to follow by their laws no matter what they are.

    December 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  33. lilyintheuk

    well, he MIGHT be given another chance if what he did is not DRUG.
    Just a litlle research in history will reveal how senstive the Chinese are to drugs. We will never forget what happened in 1840– the opium war and this man happens to be a BRITISH, which only makes things more sensitive. If the govement let him go free or punishes him in any other way, it will let down its own people on the first stage and other drug dealers will seek a foreign passport as a protecting umbrella on the second. The whole legislative system will be totally broken down. We do not want a weak govement and we do not want this to bring back the old nightmares that our nation and our people once suffered. The whole country was poisoned and all the money was flowing to the county who used guns and drugs as the base stone of their capitalism mansion. Go ahead. Today's China is not to be poisoned.

    December 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  34. Andrew

    If you can't respect the law of the countries that you wish to visit, then don't go, period.
    With all respect, this is not 19th Century no more, where you can behave like you are " above the rest" when you are holding passport of some gun-boat wielding conutries.
    Sorry to say but it is true, the day of Empires have long gone, so start behaving like a law-abiding world citizen !
    My foot ! with the mental problem excuses, tell that to the million of drug-abuse victims & their families, tell that to the killed Mexican Marine & his slained family.

    December 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  35. Debbie

    Singapore has the highest death penalty PER CAPICAL because they have strict law of executing murders and drug dealers/smugglers. NO EXCEPTION if your possession of the drug weights more than some ounces. This men would have been died hundreds of times there.

    Being surrounded by the "high drug activities" in the southeastern Asia, It is the only way to keep their kids/citizens clean.

    December 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  36. caline

    I think that execution is too strong a punishment for that drug smuggling situation. But definitely something should be done.

    December 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  37. Don

    A good pretext for war.

    December 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  38. Haubner

    Hi, IM Haubner from Germany. My comment is that it high time we pull up our socks against Chinese goverment because its so sad that in China human life has turned into chicken life. Does the chines president has children or not? with this case of this drug dealer, i would suggest that they should imprison him for some years but not killing because its so sad that he can't his children grow up and they need him so much in their lives. China should'nt think its people are perfect i would say they are the worst because they are faking all our products world wide should we also kill them or what?

    December 25, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  39. Emenike Egelle

    There is a penalty to every law that is broken. In China, the law stands sure and its execution for any offender in such category. Shaikh's is no exception. However, if his lawyer and his family are claiming that he (Shaikh) has a mental disoder, hence, I would suggest a thorough mental health investigation by a psychiatric personnel. This will clear all doubts hanging in the air about his poor health status. Meanwhile, i would say, he is only human and the law has an exception. Let this be one of those exceptions. Loose him and let him go.

    December 26, 2009 at 3:38 am | Reply
  40. Robert Neil Coupe

    Drug trafficking abroad where it is a capital crime is an extremely stupid thing to do especially if there are warnings about the consequences. It therefore serves drug traffickers right if they end up executed, as drugs wreck lives and drive addicts to crimes such as mugging and burglary to feed their habit. Illicit drugs usually kill addicts much faster than alcohol. However, if the trafficker has mental illness that can be proved, I think leniency must be considered because just like a mentally ill murder he is probably not entirely responsible for the crime.

    December 27, 2009 at 1:37 am | Reply
  41. James

    There are Britons on death row in the USA, including a grandmother who claims she was framed, so I find it amusing to read claims of having a superior legal system from Americans.

    I absolutely abhor capital punishment, but one cannot impose one's values on another without looking at the context. This man was not toting a couple of bags of weed, it was HEROIN. God knows how many people's lives he would have ruined and killed with the amount he was carrying.

    He has been assessed by the authorities and "bi-polar" disorders are apparently not considered serious enough to have affected his mental faculties as to have disconnect him from his actions. That's fair.

    Lastly, as somebody else mentioned, China has been the victim of a gross injustice by the British (I'm ashamed to say), and fought 2 wars in the 19th century to keep its populace from its addictive influence. I suppose, the British were the first international drug pushers who traded, with gunboats in tow, opium for China's silver reserves, and they have not forgotten.

    December 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  42. Jay

    It always amuses me that so many people are willing to leap up to defend China and bash the US even when the contrasts are obvious. After living in China for several years I can't understand the Sinophiles who are so anxious to defend one of the worst human rights abusers on the planet.

    In this particular case it seems to me that the Briton may really have a mental problem and that that should be taken into consideration. I believe in harsh punishment for drug dealers but the death penalty for low-level "mules" – especially mentally disturbed ones is probably too harsh. The problem is, China doesn't take mental condition into account at all.

    In the meantime I hope all of the apologists for China take a few years to live in China and see how much they like it.

    December 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  43. Lin

    No leniency should be shown to anybody involved in drugs. How many families are destroyed because of those people!! Just check out Mexico and the poor marine's family. It is ridiculous to talk about that his family and children would miss him. He is a grown-up and should face the consequence of his own action regardless of which country he is caught.

    December 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  44. Andrew

    Will you have allowed someone with so-called mental problem that make that individual incapable of differenciate right from wrong, to handle a cab in the middle of London City, putting so many of your lovely people's life in danger; i believe it is fair to say that the authority allowing him a license thought otherwise !..You must be crazy to allow someone with mental problem to drive a cab in the middle of one of the busiest metropolitan !.. what are you going to tell the family of the victims if some thing does go wrong one day : Sorry, so unfortunate but it is ok for him to have killed one of your family because he has a mental problem ? give me a break, man. Don't make yourself a laughing stock for the Chinese people.
    One suggestion for all would-be drug smuggler from Britain (with all respects), don't bother to waive your passport around expecting some special treatment once you are caught, sorry but it is true, your passport is not as "powerful" as you would have thought, epsecially in China. So, if you expect some leniency / clemency from Chinese government or some pity from the Chinese people, do the reverse, smuggle them from China to your own country, then i think the Chinese government would most willing to grant the wishes of your would-be "special class" human-right supporters. Be smart, do the right thing !

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 am | Reply
  45. Rodney St.Michael

    I had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder myself, like Akmal Shaikh. But I think China is doing the right thing. Using mental illness as an excuse to commit or to be a victim of a crime is pathetic. All criminals will simply say they are mentally ill (and they are) to free themselves.

    All people, in fact, have some form of bipolar disorder or manic-depression. Women, for example, are a bit manic during ovulation and a bit depressed during menstruation. This happens monthly. People who experience the Four Seasons also have their ups and downs. Life is always about ups and downs. If people were laid off from work this year, does that allow them to kill people because of "temporary insanity?" Even people who experience hallucinations such as schizophrenics have the ability to make sound judgments if they make an effort to do so.

    Mental illness is indeed a poor excuse to be spared from the penalties of crime. By using spin, America and Britain themselves have perpetrated numerous crimes against humanity. The British, for instance, drugged and murdered thousands of Chinese during the Opium War. And they get away with it because they can always claim that they are mentally ill like the bipolar Briton Winston Churchill.

    Rodney St.Michael

    December 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  46. Leslie

    This is in reply to Andrew..........If you had a decent grasp and understanding of English you would have a more comprehensive idea of what the problem at hand is. Instead of shooting your mouth off like someone demented, look at the facts....the incredibly poor history of Chinese human rights has once again peaked with the murder of this man. No Goverment would risk the shamefull denial and humility of being ignored for their pleas of clemency, if they were not absolutely sure of the facts.Britain and the U.N. are just two of a whole slew of countries demanding simple human rights justice. All the Chinese had to do was have a simple mental examination done of the accused, and that would have put this whole affair to bed. But they did not. Do they want to fall into the same league as the Nazi party and its policy of also killing the mentaly ill. I would give anything to know the real reason for killing this man. Maybe I will never know, but this I know and I want the Chinese to know, is that I am disgusted with the outcome of this pityfull affair.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  47. Fred

    In responds to Jay who reflects that " It always amuses me that so many people are willing to leap up to defend China and bash the US even when the contrasts-- ", I would suggest that it is not US bashing at all but reality. The US and China both use state power in an arrogant, self righteous and cruel way. The US has a long history of refusing clemency requests from other countries and proceeded to execute foreign nationals. The US also has a history of executing the mentally challenged and minors. I suggest people on this blog who rail against China verify the facts before pointing fingers. I am personally against all forms of capital punishment. If we claim to be a civilized society, we should move on beyond the age of the Neanderthal.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:12 am | Reply
  48. Andrew

    Sorry Leslie, for not being able to grasp & understand English as good as you are, after all it is not my mother tongue.
    Ok. Chinese government did not grant the demand from British for a medical check-up for Akmal, then did British government provide any hard evidents like medical records etc., to support their case instead of just demanding with "holier than thou" superior attitude ? Who bother to entertain your demand without any hard evidents especially one with "holier than thou" tune ? they have 2 long years, i think, to do exactly that. So who actually failed Akmal ? who is the one come out shooting like a demented spoilt brat now that things don't get the way they wanted ? come on, get rid of your 'holier than thou" superior complexity first, before talking to people ! And by the way, it is hard fact that he did carry 4 Kg of drug and caught red-handed, and can people with "mental illness" rendering them to the level that they can't even differeciate right from wrong run a business, can they ? ya, may be they can, in the city of London.

    Apologies again for my poor English.

    January 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  49. Hunter

    When in China, you will be done to like the Chinese. If he was not mentally ill enough to source, package and carry the heroin, then there is no excuse. My personal opinion is that there are certain crimes that must carry the death penalty. Rape, murder and drug dealing are definitely eligible as is any crime against children. It is easy to talk against death penalty if you have not experienced any of these crimes against you or your family (I pray that no one should). Truth is there are those who are lower than animals amongst us who should not be allowed to walk this earth. Worse still is for them to use our hard earned money and plot to harm again. This is got nothing to do with China's human rights record. This is no student activist in Tiananmen square. This is drug dealer. One less drug dealer will save countless families from being ruined.

    January 4, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  50. Shrikant Shenoy

    Follow the law of the land whereever you are. Ignorance of law is not an acceptable pretext.

    Also, drug smugglers deserve no less than a death sentence since they are in to spoil the lives of thousands whom they lure to consume and make money out of.


    January 5, 2010 at 9:56 am | Reply
  51. nucsol

    As much as I want to hate China, I can't bring myself to do it. Doing drugs will make one mentally ill and this man was importing nine pounds of mental illness into China. I am told that this is a brutal government, yet they make so much sense to me at so many levels. If China was in charge of SEC we in America would not be walking down the Boulivard of Busted Balls. The scum bags who did this to our nations people would be hunted down and killed.
    Nine pounds of smack could kill alot of kids, look how many of our loved ones die every year. Look at the toll corruption has taken on our nations people and tell me China is wrong.

    January 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  52. C.Remeysen

    Good on China,to clean up the scum
    Should be done in every country.
    They have no criminality like in our countries in China, We have to many bleeding hearts and do-gooders
    There is no grafity in China, they are far ahead of us.
    We should introduce the death penalty and get rid of all scum

    Regards Casey

    January 9, 2010 at 5:26 am | Reply

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