KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A 39-year-old Briton caught seven years ago trying to smuggle heroin out of the country in his boots and underwear was hanged at dawn Friday, his last plea for help to Queen Elizabeth II unanswered.
Derrick Gregory, of Surrey in southern England, walked out of his grim cell at Kajang Prison to the gallows at 6 a.m. local time, leaving behind a photograph of his 7-year-old daughter he had kept with him constantly in his final days.
"The sentence was carried out," a prison official said curtly afterward.
Gregory, in a last-ditch attempt to save his life, had sent a message to Queen Elizabeth asking her to intervene on his behalf. A spokesman at Buckingham Palace said she did not.
Thatcher's Pleas Ignored
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher earlier made two appeals to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed but was unable to persuade the Malay government to alter the death sentence.