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AFP January 23, 2013 9:24AM


In a shock verdict after prosecutors recommended 15 years imprisonment, Lindsay Sandiford sobbed as the court in Bali's capital Denpasar handed down the sentence.

She was found with a drugs haul worth $2.4 million in her suitcase as she arrived on a flight from Bangkok last May.

The grandmother from Gloucestershire said she was smuggling the drugs to protect her son. She says one of her co-accused had threatened to kill him if she did not comply.

However Indonesian police said she was at the centre of a drugs importing ring involving three other Britons and an Indian who have also been arrested.

"We found Lindsay Sandiford convincingly and legally guilty for importing narcotics ... and sentenced the defendant to death," judge Amser Simanjuntak told Denpasar district court.

Sandiford argued that she was forced into transporting the 4.79 kilos of cocaine and the prosecution had recommended a lenient sentence.

But the court ruled that she had not admitted her crime and had damaged Indonesia's hardline stance on drugs as well as Bali's reputation as a tourism destination.

As she was led back to jail, hiding her face behind a sarong, her stunned lawyers said she would likely launch an appeal.

"We object to the sentence. We never expected that our client would get the death penalty," said counsel Esra Karokaro. "We will discuss it first with her, most likely we will appeal."

Sandiford, in spectacles and with her hair tied back, hung her head low, turned pale and cried as the verdict was read out, while her sister Hillary Parson who attended the trial also sobbed.

The court rejected the argument that Sandiford had acted to protect her children, and said there were "no mitigating circumstances" to allow for leniency.

"Her action was against the government's effort to combat drug use in the country and she insisted that she never committed the crime," said another judge, Amser Simanjuntak.

"What the defendant has done could tarnish Bali image as a tourism destination," he added.

British human rights charity Reprieve said last month that Sandiford "was exploited by drug traffickers, who targeted her because of her vulnerability and her fear for the safety of her children".

The British embassy in Jakarta said it was providing consular assistance and that "the UK remains strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances."

Two other Britons arrested in connection with the case received light sentences last month.

Rachel Dougall was sentenced to 12 months for failing to report Sandiford's crime and Paul Beales received four years for possession of 3.6 grams of hashish but was cleared of drug trafficking

A fourth Briton, Julian Ponder, is expected to hear his sentence at the end of this month after prosecutors recommended a seven-year jail term.

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

Gandjar Laksamana, a criminal law expert from the University of Indonesia, said that although the severe penalty shocked the defence, the prosecution's light recommendation was more surprising.

"The law regulates that the maximum penalty for such crime is death. So the question should be why the prosecutor did not ask for the maximum penalty," he said.

Two members of the "Bali Nine" who were arrested in 2005 are currently on death row, while the seven others face lengthy jail terms. A French man has also been on death row since May 2007.

Executions in Indonesia are carried out by firing squad, usually at night in isolated and undisclosed locations. The last one was in June 2008, when two Nigerian drug traffickers were shot.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 05:23:24 PM »
kahibalo na gyud siya nga delicado ang magdala ug drugs unya mahigpit pa gyud diha sa Indonesia ug parti sa drugs.No one is to blame but herself..

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 05:35:42 PM »
i hope she is spared the execution.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 05:39:45 PM »
himoon gyud ni siya nga example sa mga drugs mule nga mosulod sa Indonesia.


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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 04:30:18 AM »
pariho ra pod ni sa kadtong situwasyon sa una involving pinoys in china. gi execute gehapon ang pinoys despite diplomatic protest and pleas for clemency and mercy.

may God have mercy on Sandiford. may she have strength for what is to come..
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