The Chinese government should halt the imminent execution of a Pakistan national, Amnesty International said today.
Syed Zahid Hussain Shah, a 36-year-old-Pakistani businessman, is due to be executed by lethal injection on 21 September.
Arrested in Shanghai in 2008 on drug trafficking charges, he was sentenced to death in 2010. That sentence was subsequently upheld by an appeal court and approved by China’s Supreme Court. Four other Pakistanis arrested with Shah were sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Executing someone for drug related offences violates internationally accepted standards for imposing the death penalty,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director. “The Chinese government should grant clemency in this case, particularly in light of its ‘special relationship’ with Pakistan.
"The Pakistani government should provide Shah with urgent additional consular assistance.”
Members of Shah’s family told Amnesty International that they believe he is innocent. They said he had been falsely implicated by his business partners.