Britain confirmed that China on Tuesday executed a British man convicted of drug smuggling.Â The alleged drug smuggler had a history of mental illiness, and Britain pleaded for clemency based on his mental illness, but China could not be persuaded, adn exectued the man on
Prime Minister of Britain said, "I ... am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted.Â Â He went on to say,Â "I am particularly concerned that no mental health assessment was undertaken."
According to CNN, "Akmal Shaikh was convicted of carrying up to 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin at the Urumqi Airport in September 2007. China says he received due process under its laws, and he exhausted his appeals last week. The 53-year-old is the first European executed in China in 50 years, according to the British legal group Reprieve."