Lindsay Sandiford listens to her translator during her
trial in Denpasar in Bali. REUTERS/Stringer
An Indonesian court has sentenced a middle-aged British
woman to death for smuggling cocaine worth more than $US2.5
million into the resort island of Bali.
Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was found guilty of smuggling 4.8 kg
(11 lbs) of the drug hidden in the lining of her suitcase on
a flight from Bangkok in May.
Sandiford, who was accompanied by a translator, covered her
face several times with a head scarf as she listened to the
verdict being read out.
It was not clear if she would appeal. Prosecutors had
initially sought a jail term for Sandiford, taking into
account her age.
Sandiford claimed she had smuggled the drugs only because one
of her co-accused, Julian Ponder, had threatened to kill her
She helped police by allowing them to watch her deliver the
drugs, and leading them to the co-accused.
But I Gusti Agung Bagus Wijaya Adi, a member of the
three-judge panel at the Denpasar District Court, said
''aggravating circumstances'' justified the death penalty.
Sandiford had refused to admit the cocaine had belonged to
her (she said it belonged to Ponder), she had given ''twisted
and convoluted testimony'', and had shown no remorse, he
Indonesia has some of the strictest drug trafficking laws in
the world, with many foreigners languishing in jail on Bali.
The so-called Bali Nine were arrested in 2005 and found
guilty of attempting to smuggle more than 8 kg of heroin into
Australia. Their sentences ranged from 15 years' jail to