Image Source: The Daily Mail

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
Anchor by Logan Tittle


An unexpected sentence for a 56-year-old British grandmother. Lindsay Sandiford was arrested in Bali last May for smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine in her suitcase.

“The sentence is death penalty.”

Sky News reports the court found Sandiford convincingly and legally guilty of importing narcotics. The judges believe her actions not only infringed on the government’s strict anti-drug program, but even hindered the island’s tourism industry. The decision came as a surprise to Sandiford.

“Prosecutors had suggested a 15 year prison sentence would be the most appropriate, and they said that because all the way along Lindsay Sandiford has said she was forced into this drug smuggling operation...”

According to the BBC, Sandiford was accused of being at the center of a drug ring that involved three other Britons. Her case was taken up by a British human rights charity that believes the woman was exploited by drug traffickers. A member of the organization responded to Sandiford’s sentence, noting:

"She is clearly not a drug king pin - she has no money to pay for a lawyer, for the travel costs of defence witnesses or even for essentials like food and water.”

The Daily Mail reports Lindsay Sandiford is the second British national to be sentenced to death for drug offences in Indonesia in the last six months.

In total there are about 114 prisoners on death row in Indonesia, at least 40 of them foreigners. But interestingly, only five foreigners have actually been executed since 1998. All of these were for drug crimes. There have been no executions in the country since 2008.

According to The Daily Mail, the U.K. strongly objects the death penalty. A foreign office minister says Sandiford is likely to appeal the sentence.

(SOC)

 

British Grandmother Sentenced To Death For Drug Smuggling

by Nichole Cartmell
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Jan 22, 2013

British Grandmother Sentenced To Death For Drug Smuggling

 

Image Source: The Daily Mail

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
Anchor by Logan Tittle


An unexpected sentence for a 56-year-old British grandmother. Lindsay Sandiford was arrested in Bali last May for smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine in her suitcase.

“The sentence is death penalty.”

Sky News reports the court found Sandiford convincingly and legally guilty of importing narcotics. The judges believe her actions not only infringed on the government’s strict anti-drug program, but even hindered the island’s tourism industry. The decision came as a surprise to Sandiford.

“Prosecutors had suggested a 15 year prison sentence would be the most appropriate, and they said that because all the way along Lindsay Sandiford has said she was forced into this drug smuggling operation...”

According to the BBC, Sandiford was accused of being at the center of a drug ring that involved three other Britons. Her case was taken up by a British human rights charity that believes the woman was exploited by drug traffickers. A member of the organization responded to Sandiford’s sentence, noting:

"She is clearly not a drug king pin - she has no money to pay for a lawyer, for the travel costs of defence witnesses or even for essentials like food and water.”

The Daily Mail reports Lindsay Sandiford is the second British national to be sentenced to death for drug offences in Indonesia in the last six months.

In total there are about 114 prisoners on death row in Indonesia, at least 40 of them foreigners. But interestingly, only five foreigners have actually been executed since 1998. All of these were for drug crimes. There have been no executions in the country since 2008.

According to The Daily Mail, the U.K. strongly objects the death penalty. A foreign office minister says Sandiford is likely to appeal the sentence.

(SOC)

 

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