British woman, 56, gets death for smuggling cocaine into Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:19am EST

1 of 4. Lindsay Sandiford of Britain (R) listens to her translator during her trial in Denpasar at the Indonesian resort island of Bali January 22, 2013.

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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court sentenced a middle-aged British woman to death on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine worth more than $2.5 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.

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 death.

(Reporting by Reuters newsroom; Writing by Neil Chatterjee; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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DeanTaylor wrote:
Ah, yes Indonesia: What a morally upstanding nation, exemplars of propriety and a beacon of ethics for all the world.

They were less concerned with ethics, morality, propriety, etc., it would seem, when confronted with the task of bringing the people of East Timor to heel, i.e., subduing a country which had the unmitigated nerve to live apart from the dictates of Washington, DC–Wall Street’s lapdog.

the Indonesian worldview metric:

cocaine = an abject EVIL, not to be countenanced!
Indonesia’s genocide of the East Timorese = “you see, we have a Paymaster…”

Jan 22, 2013 4:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Free_Pacific wrote:
@DeanTaylor

It’s not much different for West Papua. So much complicity for the sake of military and financial contacts. The people of Papua it seems, are even more expendable. Their cause is being traded away due to Chinese Military expansion. History will not forget.

Jan 22, 2013 5:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
On a visit to Bali I put my stuff in to airport scanner and the wallet didn’t come out. No problem I thought, I’ll just go and see that police man standing nearby. On hearing my complaint he took me to a far away office and started giving me forms to fill out.
The first question was “What is your religion?”
I never did see the wallet again.

Jan 22, 2013 8:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
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