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China approves death sentence to British drug smuggler

China's Supreme People's Court said today that it had approved the death sentence against Akmal Shaikh, a British man who was convicted of smuggling drugs into China.

Shaikh, 53, male, was caught carrying up to 4,030 grams of heroin at the international airport of Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous from Dushanbe, capital of Tajikstan on the morning of September 12, 2007.

He was sentenced to death in the first instance trial by the Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi on October 29, 2008 and his final verdict came in October after two failed appeals.

China's Criminal Law stipulates that people trafficking more than 50 grams of heroin could be sentenced to death.


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