The British man convicted of drug smuggling in China has been executed. Akmal Shaikh’s sentence was carried out after pleas from the UK government, humanitarian charities and his family, all failed.
The 53-year-old was being held at Urumqi prison in western China where his cousins visited him shortly before his death.
Shaikh, who was born in Pakistan was arrested in 2007 after Chinese police found him carrying four kilos of heroin at Beijing airport.
However his family and supporters believe he was duped into carrying the drugs because of his mental illness.
His family claim he suffered from bipolar disorder. According to human rights charity Reprieve, Shaikh is the first European executed in China since 1951.
British citizen executed by lethal injection