British woman's death sentence upheld in Bali

Monday 08 April 2013 20.41
Lindsay June Sandiford lost her drug conviction appeal in Bali
Lindsay June Sandiford lost her drug conviction appeal in Bali

An Indonesian court has upheld the death sentence against a British woman convicted of smuggling €2m worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali

The Bali High Court rejected an appeal from 56-year-old Lindsay June Sandiford.

She was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad, according to a court spokesman.

The decision on her appeal came last week and Sandiford now has 14 days to appeal to the national Supreme Court.

Sandiford, who comes from Gloucestershire, was arrested last May when 3.8kg of cocaine was discovered stuffed inside the lining of her luggage at Bali's airport.

During the trial, she said she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened to hurt her children.

Prosecutors had sought 15 years in prison for Sandiford.

Britain's Foreign Office in London has said it strongly opposes Sandiford's death sentence.

Four other defendants - three Britons and an Indian national - connected to the case were sentenced to jail terms ranging from one to six years.

Indonesia has very strict anti-drug laws and most of the more than 40 foreigners on death row there were convicted of drug charges.