An American citizen Shadeed Abdulmateen has been sentenced to death by a Chinese court on Thursday for allegedly murdering his former lover.
According to Chinese state media, Shadeed Abdulmateen, a professor at Ningbo University of Technology, was charged with the intentional homicide of a 21-year-old Chinese lady called Chen.
According to the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court, after a quarrel over their breakup in June 2019, Abdulmateen planned to meet and converse with Chen at a bus stop in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, before killing her with a “folding knife.”
According to public broadcaster CCTV, the court determined that the defendant’s “premeditated revenge killing, stabbing and cutting Chen’s face and neck several times, resulting in Chen’s death, was motivated by vile motives, resolute intent, and cruel means, and the circumstances of the crime were particularly bad and the consequences particularly serious, and should be punished according to law.”
According to the state-run tabloid the Global Times, the court claimed it had provided Abdulmateen with his rights to defense, including access to a translator and consular visits.
A spokesman for the US Embassy in Beijing said the embassy was aware of a court judgment involving a US resident in China and that authorities were “watching the issue,” but declined to further owing to privacy concerns.
China is the world’s leading executioner, putting hundreds to death each year. China does not reveal the number of people who have been executed, according to Amnesty International
People from Uganda, South Korea, Japan, and Kenya have all been sentenced to death for drug offenses in the last decade. The Nigerian senate was informed in 2016 that 120 of its citizens were being held on death row in China. In 2019, China sentenced a Canadian citizen to death on drug trafficking charges, sending shockwaves around the world.