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

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.

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Posted: 28th, December 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment