Oh, it’d be a funny story if you didn’t know.
A man in his early fifties has some sort of dream no one can understand, and he ends up moving from his birthplace of England to Poland and gets tangled up with the wrong folks who take advantage of his naivete.
The Arabic guy who wants to sing a song for world peace ends up on a jet plane to China with a suitcase full of heroin.
Shows up. Is arrested. He is a bipolar guy with no sense of reality, so his DEFENDANTS SAY, and should be granted a reprieve based on his mental state.
Here is the article:
Akmal Shaikh, 53, a father-of-three from London, died on Tuesday despite claims that he was mentally ill.
In a statement, his family said China’s officials had “made a mockery of appeals for clemency” and ignored pleas for a mental health assessment.
Britain has condemned the execution but China rejects the criticism.
After the execution by lethal injection, the Chinese Embassy in Britain said Mr Shaikh’s rights “were properly respected and guaranteed” and British concerns were “duly noted and taken into consideration”.
Beijing says Mr Shaikh was caught with more than 4kg of heroin in the north-western city of Urumqi in 2007.
He had denied all knowledge of the drugs, and his daughter had said drug smugglers in Poland convinced him they would make him a popstar in China.
And one of the points they used to plea his mental incapability was his song:
Personally I thought his song was good and reminiscent of Bob Dylan.
I thought that his message was pure and well done, and I feel like if more people did listen to the general idea we’d live in a better world.
Perhaps he has a mental situation as anyone who would smuggle drugs into China would, in the idea that they’d become a ‘pop star.’ That is wrong.
But I got to step back and say that his song was not terrible, and that in a very underground way, in a very artistic way, I enjoyed his song.
He is now dead.
But, currently on YouTube over 60,000 people have heard his music.
More than I can say for myself. And not bad.