British Woman Bali Court:Lindsay Sandiford loses death penalty appeal in Supreme Court / UK News


British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford sentenced to death in Bali for trafficking cocaine has lost her appeal supreme court.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to capital punishment in January for taking almost 5kg (10.6lb) of cocaine onto the Bali island.

She launched an appeal but on Monday the Bali High Court ruled the original punishments was “accurate and correct” and confirmed it.

Sandiford, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court also rejects her plea, she can seek a judicial review of the decision from the same court.

After that, only the president can grant her a reprieve.

The sentence would see her shot by a firing squad.

Sandiford was arrested in May 2012 at Bali airport when customs officers found the drugs, worth £1.6m, in her luggage.

She said she had been forced to smuggle the drugs into Bali from Thailand by a criminal gang and that the safety of her children was at risk.

She has cooperated with the police and local authorities, which has led to other arrests.

January’s death sentence came as a shock because prosecutors had recommended a 15-year jail term.

Sandiford’s lawyer has said the punishment is out of proportion, given she has admitted her crime, expressed regret and helped police in the investigation.

But the court ruled she had damaged Indonesia’s hard-line stance on drugs as well as Bali’s reputation as a tourism destination.

Indonesia enforces stiff penalties for drug trafficking, but death penalty sentences are commonly commuted to long jail sentences.

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