Shadeed Abdulmateen Sentenced to Death in China after Murdering his Ex-Girlfriend
The Supreme People’s Court has since forwarded the case for approval of the ruling...
A Chinese court has sentenced a United States citizen to death for “intentional homicide” of his ex-girlfriend. Earlier this week, he lost his appeal. The High People’s Court of Eastern China’s Zhejiang Province rejected the appeal of Shadeed Abdulmateen, holding the original verdict against him.
After a disagreement over Shadeed Abdulmateen and his girlfriend breaking up n June, the defendant arranged to meet and talk with the victim at a bus stop in Ningbo. Eventually, he killed her at the meeting spot.
"The High People's Court of Zhejiang Province..found that the facts found by the Ningbo Intermediate People's Court were clear, the evidence was true and sufficient, the conviction was accurate, the sentence was appropriate and the trial procedure was lawful, so it made the above ruling.”
The Supreme People’s Court has since forwarded the case for approval of the ruling. This is the final step before sentencing is carried out. More times than not, it is rare for the highest court to question verdicts and ask for such cases to be revised. Amnesty International said that it believes China and its courts carry out thousands if not tens of thousands of executions each year.
Shadeed Abdulmateen had legal representation appointed to him by the court. Members of the United States Consulate General in Shanghai were in court to witness the verdict.
“We are aware of the court’s decision related to a U.S. citizen. We take seriously our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad and are monitoring the situation. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment."
A United States Embassy spokesperson said.