Monday, 8 April 2013
British Housewife Lindsay Sandiford Will Be Executed In Bali For Smuggling Cocaine After Losing Appeal Against Death Sentence
A 56-year-old British grandmother has lost her appeal against a sentence of death by firing squad for trafficking drugs in Indonesia. Sandiford was arrested in May last year upon arrival from Bangkok at Bali’s Denpasar airport after customs officials carried out a routine check and found 10.6lb of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase. Click below to continue story...
Prosecutors recommended a 15-year jail sentence, but a panel of judges sentenced her to death. The judges ruled there were no mitigating circumstances, and that Sandiford had damaged Bali’s image as a tourist destination and weakened Indonesia’s tough anti-drugs programme. Prisoners sentenced to death in Indonesia are executed by a 10-man firing squad.
The Foreign Office said it was “disappointed” after the setence on Lindsay Sandiford was upheld by a court on the island of Bali. She now has 14 days to appeal to the country’s supreme court.
Sandiford, from Redcar in Teesside, was accused of being at the centre of a drug ring involving three other Britons. She insisted that she was set up and was forced by a gang to smuggle drugs to protect her children.
“We are disappointed to hear Lindsay Sandiford’s appeal has been refused by the High Court in Bali,” said a spokesman for the British embassy in Jakarta. “The UK strongly opposes the death penalty and has repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter. “We will continue to provide consular assistance to her at this difficult time.” Sandiford's case has been taken up by the human rights charity, Reprieve.