A British man convicted of drug smuggling in China has been executed, despite pleas for clemency from the British government and his family, who say he was mentally ill.
Fifty-three-year-old Akmal Shaikh, who maintained that he had been tricked into carrying the drugs into China was killed by lethal injection.
The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, said he was appalled by the execution.
China responded by expressing strong dissatisfaction with British accusations that its judicial process had been faulty.
British Foreign Office Minister, Ivan Lewis, explains the UK government's attempts to intervene in the Chinese judicial process.
First broadcast 29 December 2009
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