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Indonesia – The death sentence of a British woman convicted of drug smuggling has been upheld by Indonesia’s highest court. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a court official stated on Friday that a three-judge panel rejected an appeal by Lindsay Sandiford on Thursday unanimously.
Sandiford, 57, was found guilty in January of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali. She was sentenced to face a firing squad. Other defendants accused in the case received sentences of one to three years in jail. Sandiford claimed during her trial that a gang had forced her to carry the drugs by threatening to hurt her children.
Adam Rutland, spokesman for the British embassy in Jakarta, is quoted by the AP as stating of the case in an email, “We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford’s appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court has been denied… In line with our strong opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances, we will consider how to support any application for judicial review or clemency that Lindsay Sandiford chooses to make.”
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