Indonesia upholds death against Briton for smuggling drugs

  • AP, Bali, Indonesia
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  • Updated: Apr 08, 2013 15:12 IST

An Indonesian court has upheld the death sentence against a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into to the resort island of Bali.

The Bali High Court spokesman announced on Monday that the court rejected an appeal from 56-year-old Lindsay June Sandiford. She was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad. The spokesman said the verdict was decided the week before and that Sandiford had 14 days to appeal to the national Supreme Court.

Sandiford was arrested in May when 3.8 kilograms (8.4 pounds) of cocaine were discovered in her luggage at Bali's airport. During the trial, she said she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened to hurt her children.

Prosecutors had sought 15 years in prison for Sandiford, but the court surprised many by issuing the death sentence. "We are disappointed to hear Lindsay Sandiford's appeal has been refused by the High Court in Bali," said Adam Rutland, 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."

Four other defendants - three Britons and an Indian national - were sentenced to jail terms ranging from one to six years.

Indonesia has very strict anti-drug laws and most of the more than 40 foreigners on its death row were convicted of drug charges.


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