Britain says China Carries Out Execution of Briton

By: Ng Han Guan - AP Writer
By: Ng Han Guan - AP Writer

Britain says China has executed a Briton convicted of drug-smuggling after rejecting a string of appeals from the British government and his relatives who say the man was mentally unstable and unwittingly lured into the crime.

The British Foreign Office issued a statement Tuesday condemning the execution of 53-year-old Akmal Shaikh. He was the first European citizen executed in China in half a century.

Shaikh first learned his death sentence would be carried out from his visiting cousins on Monday, who made a last-minute plea for his life. They say he was mentally unstable and was lured to China from a life on the street in Poland by men playing on his dreams to record a pop song for world peace.

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