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The judicial murder of Akmal Shaikh

When I was a young man I was very up to speed on foreign affairs in a way that I simply don’t have time for today. I tend to focus on things I can change and influence. If this means the issues I deal with have to be small then so be it. I can look after my family, keep my home looking nice so I don’t let down the neighbourhood, be kind to my neighbours, be part of a great team at the council, run my business and play a role in my rowing club.

The execution of Akmal Shaikh has quite shaken me. I have always known that the Chinese regime is harsh and essentially unconcerned of what others think of it but to see them secretively murdering a man who was probably mentally ill has quite sickened me.

I have written to the Chinese ambassador as follows:

Madam Fu Ying
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United Kingdom
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 1JL

30th December 2009

Dear Madam Ambassador,

I am writing to you to tell you how disgusted I am that your country has executed Mr Akmal Shaikh, a British citizen.

The death penalty is controversial in our country and many people would want to see it brought back in a small number of cases. On the other hand I am certain that most British people would think that the rate of judicial murder in your country was unacceptable.

The judicial murder of Mr Shaikh without any consideration for his evident mental incapacity is a human rights breach that China will regret.

Like many British people I have up until now turned a blind eye to the failings of your country. Mr Shaikh’s judicial murder has shaken me out of my complacency and you can count me as an active adversary of your country’s murderous regime from now on.


I am sure that Madam Fu Ying will be unmoved but I for one will be more vigilent about China and concerned to see my country stand up to it, even if that costs.


I grabbed this picture of the Chinese embassy from Google Street View. The do no harmers don’t let you get close even on Street View. 49-51 Portland Place is only just up from Oxford Circus – next time you are up town maybe walk past and scowl, or spit, or shout “Murderers!”. Maybe if you met a Chinese citizen tell them you think it stinks. It all counts.

9 replies on “The judicial murder of Akmal Shaikh”

Its a great pity the british government dont execute drug smugglers and pushers.I they did it would send the right messages to the scum who ruin the lives of thousends of british people every single year. I salute the chinese peoples government for sticking by there guns,and not being persuaded by do gooding liberals, I should think they are of the same ilk who allow murders back into the community to kill again.I THINK MR TAYLOR YOU SHOULD ENGAGE YOUR TIME AND INFLUENCE ON A MORE JUST AND WORTHWHILE CAUSE. MR K A WHEATLEY


One ought to admire this moral stance you are making here. However it’s a fine line to draw between taking the moral high ground and not interfering with the way another country runs its society.

Lots of state sponsored murder apparently happens in many African countries and, if you regularly read ‘New Internationist’, you’ll find its rife in many, many countries. There are also many thousands in the UK who think that the UK Government murdered a certain Dr Kelly.

I suppose to be consistent you’ll now eschew eating in Chinese restaurants and buying any products manufactured in China. On the latter front, you are certainly in for an interesting year.


1) akmal shaikh was not mentally ill. he was fully aware of his actions and the consequences i.e. breaking a country’s laws

2) akmal shaikh was a terrorist suspect investigated by british and polish authorities, because he sent a text message showing support for the jihad bombings in london in july 2005

3) akmal shaikh sexually harassed a female employee and had never ever paid the damages ordered by the tribunal

4) akmal shaikh abandoned his first wife and family and married his Polish secretary

5) akmal shaikh later assaulted his Polish wife, according to the Polish police

6) more than 90% of the public in China support the death penalty and the execution of shaikh

— related point: it would be political suicide for Chinese leaders to show clemency because of the strong support the dealth penalty, imagine if gordon brown showed leniency to a normal sentencing of a paedophile in the UK for example

7) the execution was not an “anti-british act”, any other foreigner who did the same crime would have received the exactly the same punishment in China, only recently 2 pakistanis and 2 afghans were caught smuggling 150 kg of cocaine and are to be executed for smuggling drugs into Shenzhen, south China

8) in the chinese bureaucratic system, the chinese ambassador has no political power to override the legal authority of the courts

9) boycotting made in China goods will no make difference because the vast majority of distribution/trade in Chinese imports are controlled by big Western multinational corporations, secondly boycotting China means that will provoke retaliation ie the boycotting of british commerical interests in China. No one wins.

10) if you are incensed by this “murder” of akmal shaikh then therefore you must be even more greatly incensed by the illegal and immoral wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where hundreds of thousands of people have died from needless conflict including millions of refugees, CIA renditions, Guantanamo bay etc etc.

if you aren’t convinced, then i suggest you read noam chomsky’s total destruction of arguments “for” these two Wars

never mind that the dealth penalty exists in many many other countries.

Saudi Arabia even stones people to death to use only one country as an example. Yet the British government and businesses have strong economic and trade ties with the Saudis.

To criticise only the Chinese for using the dealth penalty incorrectly is hypocritical.

there are of course countless other human rights violations in hundreds of countries in the world that happen on a daily basis. not least in our own country, britain.

there many other countless of complex related issues to this akmal shaikh case, but i’m afraid time here is a limiting factor

remember things are not what they initially seem,

your “lack of time” probably means you are not fully aware of all the facts and the context of those facts to make a comprehensively informed opinion.

thank you, sir


“the Chinese regime is harsh” — there are village-level elections in China so there is some democratic accountability and legitimacy in China.

Also China has one the highest public approvals in their country’s direction, that is according to Pew Research Center (Global Attitudes Project), not according to the Chinese government surveys 🙂

Our country has one of the lowest world, (i’m a conservative supporter btw).

“to see them secretively murdering a man” — the Chinese authorities gave prompt and full information to the British embassy in Beijing. The Foreign Office never complained of lack of transparency

“On the other hand I am certain that most British people would think that the rate of judicial murder in your country was unacceptable.”

i’m afraid the Chinese government/public don’t really care what the British government/public thinks of their judicial system.

Just like we, the British public and government don’t really care what the Chinese think of our judicial system.

“without any consideration for his evident mental incapacity”. there was some consideration but probably not at the same level afforded in this country where the rights of criminals are protected

“Like many British people I have up until now turned a blind eye to the failings of your country.”

there have been several executions of british citizens elsewhere in the world, not least in the United States

“Mr Shaikh’s judicial murder has shaken me out of my complacency and you can count me as an active adversary of your country’s murderous regime from now on.”

if every country took sanctions against any and every country where human rights were violated, then there would no trade, no contact between anyone in the world

“I am sure that Madam Fu Ying will be unmoved”. in all embassies in every country letters like these from the public are usually screened by staff then binned. So its highly unlikely she even read. Even if she did read it – she entirely powerless to do anything. Like the British ambassadors are powerless to do anything to effect legal decisions in UK courts.

“ext time you are up town maybe walk past and scowl, or spit, or shout “Murderers!”. ”

a very recent event during Christmas at the same time as the execution of Shaikh (that i choose randomly) is the Israeli military killing six Gazans in retaliation several days after the death of a Jewish settler.

these killings were extrajudicial of course. i take it you don’t support “scowling, spitting, shouting” at against the israeli embassy in london.

***i repeat, i chose this event completely randomly as a comparison, i am not pro or anti israel or pro or anti palestinian.

“Maybe if you met a Chinese citizen tell them you think it stinks. It all counts. ”

as said before in my previous message, the vast majority of chinese citizens support the death penalty. just like in several American states, there is strong support for the dealth penalty.

trivia: more british citizens have been executed in the USA than in China in the past 50 years. And I’m sure that that statistic will be the same in the next 50 years

also the daily telegraph reports that about more than 20 British citizens are CURRENTLY in death row around the world.

What are you doing to save these people, may I ask?


Also, I suspect, as many other people have in this country, that Gordon Brown’s loud (empty) condemnation (posturing) was mainly to gain support of the Muslim/Asian vote in the UK for the upcoming general election.

Which is entirely understandable of course. He is a (Labour) politican after all.


Of course, it wasn’t ONLY designed to court and garner the UK Muslim/Asian voters in coming election.

Brown had to ALSO show that he wasn’t entirely irrelevant and uncaring,.. to the relatives, pressure groups, campaigners etc and general public sympathisers like yourself.

Gordon Brown knew from the very beginning that his protestations and criticisms were going to be ignored both before and after the execution of shaikh.

China is the second largest economy in the world. And it just signed the world’s largest free trade agreement with ASEAN region. This just makes Gordon Brown’s threats very very hollow.


One last point i think that needs to be made.

interestingly, I read in several newspapers (i think in the Guardian and Daily Mail)
that BOTH his first wife and his second wife REFUSED to lend their name in the campaign to stop his execution.

None of his wives and adult children were there for solidarity. Some brothers and cousins showed “support”.

This is perhaps not surprising considering that in my first post above, it was stated that he abandoned his first wife and family after his sexual harassment charges against an employee came to light.

And how he physically threatened and assaulted his (second) Polish wife. This was confirmed by Polish police reports.


You waffle on about not very much at all, a hell of a lot. Now maybe shut up at understand what Phil is trying to say here.

The fact is you don’t know, I don’t know, and the Chinese authorities don’t know if Akmal Shaikh did indeed have bipolar disorder, and now never will. However concerns were raised that there was a very strong possibility he was suffering from his condition, namely the way he thought he was going to China to release a pop song about rabbits to usher in an era of world peace. It’s a beautiful thought but likely a thought of someone whom, under a fairer British/ European jurisdiction, would be considered for diminished responsibility.

The other point being made by Phil, and one I support with every ounce of my being, is that the death penalty under any circumstances is inhumane, abhorrent and is a throwback to the dark times of humanity’s history. Furthermore, it is a complete travesty of justice for someone who is guilty of the most sickening of crimes that they are sentenced to an easy way out of what they have done. If a murderer or rapist is executed, job done, they don’t need to suffer the consequences. It’s the victims (unless deceased) and the people close to the victim that will truely suffer much longer than the criminal would.

One final point, could you please email your thoughts if they do take up such a lengthy peice of text. You nearly crippled my bandwidth,


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