British granny sentenced to death in Indonesia

January 23, 2013 - 6:20:36 am

DENPASAR, Indonesia: A 56-year-old British grandmother was sentenced to death yesterday for smuggling cocaine into the Indonesian island of Bali, in a shock verdict after prosecutors recommended 15 years imprisonment.

Lindsay Sandiford sobbed as the court in Bali’s capital Denpasar handed down the sentence, over a drugs haul worth $2.4m found in her suitcase as she arrived on a flight from Bangkok 

last May.

“We found Lindsay Sandiford convincingly and legally guilty for importing narcotics... and sentenced the defendant to death,” judge Amser Simanjuntak told Denpasar district court. 

Indonesian police said she was at the centre of a drugs importing ring involving three other Britons and an Indian who have also been arrested.

Sandiford argued that she was forced into transporting the 4.79kg of cocaine in order to protect her children whose safety was at stake, and the prosecution had recommended a lenient sentence.

The court rejected the argument. AFP

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