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ManfromMiddletown:
It doesn't make it right, it just makes it virtually impossible for for the Chinese government to not execute this guy even if they don't want to.

This being the case to only scenario where they could commute the sentence could be if there had been a bigger diplomatic question at stake where the UK/EU had humbly bent its neck, apologized and conceded that China is here - as in general - always right. Then China could have commuted the sentence (to life.time of hard labor or something) from a position of strength. As a gesture of good will towards an unwashed westerner who has not had the benefit of a Chinese upbringing.

I can not be bothered to figure out the particular details of such a scenario as neither a UK nor an EU government would be willing to be humiliated by China on the public scene to save the life of an insane drug-runner.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 06:11:54 PM EST
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