No one in a good state of mind at this time would not shudder at the thought of taking a trip to China and not worry about their bags being tampered with. I say this in relation to fellow Briton, Akmal Shaikh, 53, a father-of-three from London, who was executed in China after being convicted of drug smuggling despite claims he was mentally ill.
Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis told the ambassador “China had failed in its basic human rights responsibilities.”
There are many questions which needs answers to:
1) Did China took into consideration his mental illness?
2) If they did so, when and if not why ?
3) Would it be possible to hear anonymously from the persons who supplied him with the drugs?
The execution by lethal injection took place despite repeated calls from his family and the British government for leniency, citing his mental state, saying that he suffered from bipolar disorder.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “appalled” at the execution, however China warned criticism of the case would harm UK-China relations.
Brothers Soohail and Nasir Shaikh, who travelled to China to visit their cousin in prison and make a last-minute plea for clemency, said they were “deeply saddened, stunned and disappointed” by the execution.
We in the UK should really look at our relationship with China and see how we can protect citizens overseas who falls foul of the law whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Now back to the original scenario I painted earlier, if in taking a trip to China and your bags were tampered with what fate would behold you if someone planted drugs inside. As PB who posted on my facebook today he said “its possible, in the realm of probability …odds are not so great”
I guess China is off my Radar.