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Old 22-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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British woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death for drug smuggling on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The 56-year-old grandmother, originally from Redcar, Teesside, had been found guilty of violating the country's strict drug laws.

Sandiford was arrested in May 2012 at Bali airport when customs officers found 3.8kg of cocaine worth £1.6m in her luggage. She claimed she had been forced to smuggle the drugs into Bali from Thailand by a criminal gang.

Prosecutors announced in December that they would be recommending a 15-year prison sentence, after she agreed to co-operate in a sting operation in which police swooped on four other suspects alleged to be her accomplices, including Britons Rachel Dougall, Julian Ponder and Paul Beales.

Pounder is accused of receiving the drugs in Bali, where cocaine and ecstasy are often bought and sold between foreign nationals. A verdict is expected in the trial of Pounder, on Wednesday.

Delivering Sandiford's verdict, a judge panel headed by Mr Amser Simanjuntak said that Sandiford had damaged the image of Bali as a tourism destination and weakened the government's programme of drug annihilation.

"We find Lindsay Sandiford convincingly and legally guilty of importing narcotics. We found no reason to lighten her sentence," said Simanjuntak.

In her witness statement, Sandiford said: "I would like to begin by apologising to the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian people for my involvement.

"I would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them."

Local journalist Amelia Rose was in court when the Sandiford was sentenced.

"She was in shock, but she managed to hold her composure and stand up while the judge read out her sentence," she said.

"Her eyes turned red from tears for a second but she managed to hold her composure again

"There is still a long way to go before an execution can take place. She can appeal to the High Court then the Supreme Court in Jakarta. If she can present new evidence she can have a judicial review.

"Then there is also the chance of clemency with the President."

Sandiford's defence lawyer, Esra Karo-Karo, said: "She was very shocked. This is unpredicted, she never thought of receiving death penalty.

"The judge did not even consider our reason to leniency as we proposed in our defence. We will appeal."

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We can confirm that a British national is facing the death penalty in Indonesia.

"We remain in close contact with that national and continue to provide consular assistance.

"The UK remains strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances."

Dougall, whose young daughter is reportedly being cared for by their maid and gardener on the island, has claimed she was the victim of a "fit-up".

Reprieve, a charity which seeks to enforce human rights for prisoners, said Sandiford was targeted by drug traffickers.

Spokeswoman Harriet McCulloch said: "Lindsay was targeted by drug traffickers who exploited her vulnerability and made threats against her children.

"Following her arrest, she was interrogated by the Indonesian police without a translator, legal representation or the assistance of the British Embassy for 10 days

A statement by Dr Jennifer Fleetwood, an expert on the coercion of women in the international drug trade, was also read out, which suggested that Sandiford's "vulnerability" would have made her an ideal target for drugs traffickers.

"There is evidence to suggest that a trafficker would seek someone who was vulnerable. Having reviewed extracts from Lindsay's medical records I know that Lindsay has a history of mental health issues.

"This may have unfortunately made her an attractive target for threats, manipulation and coercion by one or more parties over a period of time, which led to her being stopped at Ngurah Rai International Airport".

Indonesia has 114 prisoners on death row, according to a March 2012 study by Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy. Five foreigners have been executed since 1998, all for drug crimes, according to the institute.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has granted clemency to four drug offenders on death row since he took office in 2004


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Old 22-01-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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That's just awful. Moronic how murderers can get out from jail and walk free, yet she may face death
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Old 22-01-2013, 11:28 AM   #3
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Like Jake said, I listened on the radio this morning to how a man who raped his own daughter for years all through her childhood got 12 years.......9 suspended (what is the point in this??) and realised on bail pending an appeal so basically walked free and this woman gets the death penalty for drug smuggling...........horrendous
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Old 22-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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Like Jake said, I listened on the radio this morning to how a man who raped his own daughter for years all through her childhood got 12 years.......9 suspended (what is the point in this??) and realised on bail pending an appeal so basically walked free and this woman gets the death penalty for drug smuggling...........horrendous
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Old 22-01-2013, 11:36 AM   #5
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Its awful but if you are found guilty of a crime in a country you have to accept their laws and penalties...Hopefully they will be able to provide some evidence to show she wasn't smuggling the drugs for financial gain but to save the lives of her children if that is the case. Other countries take these offences so seriously...

Hope justice prevails if she is innocent and she manages to get her sentence commuted at least...she must be in all kinds of hell mentally...
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Old 22-01-2013, 11:39 AM   #6
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..if the execution goes ahead it will be by firing squad...
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Old 22-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #7
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wow, that seems so primitive
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She was arrested in May and said she had been coerced into carrying drugs
Prosecutors had called for 15 year sentence but judges chose death penalty

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Oh,blimey I cannot imagine what this woman is feeling,such an injustice,such severe penalties should be kept for more horrendous crimes such as murder etc.
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I can't imagine there are many people who travel to Indonesia who don't know that smuggling drugs carries the death penalty there. And she was guilty of smuggling a massive amount of drugs.

People who are moaning about short sentences here for other crimes have to remember this is Indonesia, not the UK. You can't equate the two because the judicial systems are vastly different. Indonesia is very clear about its drug smuggling policey and the sentences it carries, and yet people still believe they can beat the system.
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I can't imagine there are many people who travel to Indonesia who don't know that smuggling drugs carries the death penalty there. And she was guilty of smuggling a massive amount of drugs.

People who are moaning about short sentences here for other crimes have to remember this is Indonesia, not the UK. You can't equate the two because the judicial systems are vastly different. Indonesia is very clear about its drug smuggling policey and the sentences it carries, and yet people still believe they can beat the system.
I'm sure that is the case but it doesn't mean we can't disagree with it and say it's too harsh.
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I don't think I said anywhere that you couldn't... I just pointed out that this isn't a Western judicial system.
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She should have been deported to face trial in the UK, if the stories are to be believed it seems like the Indonesian legal system has well and truly ****ed it all up.
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I agree. She was just trying to protect her kids. Any mother would d the same.
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Disgusting. As is any supporter of such a backwards attempt at 'justice'.
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I can't imagine there are many people who travel to Indonesia who don't know that smuggling drugs carries the death penalty there. And she was guilty of smuggling a massive amount of drugs.

People who are moaning about short sentences here for other crimes have to remember this is Indonesia, not the UK. You can't equate the two because the judicial systems are vastly different. Indonesia is very clear about its drug smuggling policey and the sentences it carries, and yet people still believe they can beat the system.
Yeah although I don't agree with the death penalty at all I do agree with this

I find it strange though that she's been sentenced to death when it says in the article that:

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Didn't she also help the police catch other drug smugglers? you'de think they would have taken that into account
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The death penalty seems excessive in this case. I hope she wins the appeal.
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Yeah although I don't agree with the death penalty at all I do agree with this

I find it strange though that she's been sentenced to death when it says in the article that:
..according to the article in the Guardian she was given the death penalty because it was deemed that she had damaged Bali's image...

..obviously punishable by death...

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Absolutely horrible.
She should be given a slap on the wrist and sent home - to the British government to deal with her, not this. Honest to God, some countries are so backwards and never listen to reason at all.

As others said here, how some people are able to abuse children, murder all sorts, torture animals etc and walk free is ridiculous, whilst this woman is going to loose her life over this? Makes me so angry.
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..according to the article in the Guardian she was given the death penalty because it was deemed that she had damaged Bali's image...

..obviously punishable by death...
I didn't even know the country bloody existed.

Also find it hilarious that to try and 'save' any sort of image they think they had in the first place, they decide to put a woman to death over this. Logic.
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What makes me sick is that there is a firing squad of people ready and willing to shoot this lady dead.
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