Indonesia Sentences to Death a 56 Year-Old British Woman Caught With 8.4 Pounds of Cocaine

by Colonel on January 22, 2013

“Prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence.

Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, wept when judges handed down the sentence… She had claimed in court that she was forced into taking the drugs into the country by a gang that was threatening to hurt her children.

Sandiford’s lawyer said she would appeal. Appeals take several years, and the country has not carried out an execution since 2008, when 10 people were put to death.

A verdict is expected in the trial of Sandiford’s alleged accomplice, British man Julian Anthony Pounder, on Wednesday. He is accused of receiving the drugs in Bali, which has a busy bar and nightclub scene where party drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy are bought and sold between foreigners. Two other British citizens and an Indian have already been convicted and sentenced to prison in connection with the bust.

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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