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The Strange Case Of Akmal Shaikh: The X Factor, Drugs And Death In China

by | 28th, December 2009

AKMAL Shaikh is due to be executed in China on December 29 for heroin smuggling. Outside the Chinese Embassy in London a small group of protesters hold a candlelight vigil. The family of the 53-year-old from Kentish Town in north London have launched a last minute emotional plea today for a reprieve by the Chinese authorities. In China, they kill their own protestors.

It will be around 5,000 in 2009, down from 6,000 in 2007, according to the US-based Dui Hua Foundation.

What chance for Akmal Sheikh to be made an exception?

A preliminary medical report by clinical psychologist Dr Peter Schaapveld suggests that the odd decisions leading up to Akmal’s offence were most likely influenced by some form of delusional psychosis.

On 12 September 2007, Akmal Shaikh flew into Urumqi, in north west China, from Dushanbe, in Tajikistan. Akmal states that he went to China in the hope of launching a pop career.

Delusions are why the X Factor flourishes, over 25s category included. Shaikh’s brother Akbar has also written to Fu Ying, Beijing’s ambassador to London, appealing for the Chinese authorities to show mercy. Fu Ying was last heard from during the X Factor as Jedward proved that China’s one child policy was not so nuts after all:

X FACTOR has sparked an international row after the Chinese Ambassador living next door to contestants protested about fans. .. Ambassador Madam Fu Ying [make that Madame Fu-Ming – eh, readers] who entertains guests at the property, is “very irritated” by fans constantly screaming, creating litter and scrawling graffiti on the gates to the upmarket property.

Fu Ying found time to tell us:

I learnt about The X Factor in the neighbourhood from embassy colleagues living nearby who complained about the noise made by the young fans outside the X Factor house. My daughter emailed me wondering if she could fly in and join the screaming fans!”

The X Factor is something vital enough

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