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Some More Notes On The British Drug Dealer Executed In ChinaWed 30 Dec 2009, 20:59 0 Comment(s)
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I got a response from readers about this story. I do not like the death penalty because it is always arbitrarily applied and there is a good chance that an innocent person will be executed.
On the other hand, if you commit a crime punishable by death in some other country, it is your sad luck then. You do not deserve special treatment because you are a foreigner from a country without capital punishment.
I am sure that the Chinese authorities gave serious consideration to the international implications of executing a foreigner for the first time in 50 years. I'm sure they were swayed somewhat by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On the other hand, this man had 4 kilograms of heroni. Each kilo of heroin has a street value of $175,000 US (.In the US, one would face life in prison without parole for such a quantity of heroin.) Our British drug courier was carrying $550,000 US worth of drugs. One kilo of heroin will be cut up and diluted. It will offer thousands of doses to addicts. For centuris China was cursed by opium addiction. They have a lot of bad experiences with drug addiction.
I also believe the drug courier was offered leniency in return for a lighter sentence, if he informed on who gave him the drugs and who was supposed to buy it. His refusal to cooperate cost him his life, in the final analysis.