56-year-old British grandmother, Lindsay Sandiford, has been tried, convicted and sentenced for drug smuggling, in Bali. Arrested at Bali's airport in May last year, the BBC reports, 'after 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine was found in the lining of her suitcase during a routine customs check.'
She was sentenced to death by firing squad, in Indonesia.
Lindsay did not deny carrying the cargo of drugs but in her defence said that she was coerced into carrying them. Her defence team said that they were 'surprised' at the sentence.
The province of Aceh in Indonesia follows strict Sharia Law. Although the rest of Indonesia does not, drugs and drug smuggling is not tolerated. The authorities come down hard on those involved. The government of Bali has a tough stance on drugs.
Lindsay had arrived at Bali airport on an inbound flight from Bangkok, Thailand. The prosecution team recommended a 15-year sentence of imprisonment. In an unusual step the judges overruled their request. More often than not the judges recommendations are acted upon. Death by firing squad was the sentence.
The decision to award the death sentence was due to certain factors. The judges ruled:
In response to the sentence, Reprieve's Harriet McCulloch said: "She is clearly not a drug king pin - she has no money to pay for a lawyer, for the travel costs of defence witnesses or even for essentials like food and water.
Five foreigners have been executed since 1998, all for drug crimes, but there have been no executions in the country since 2008, according to Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Sandiford has apologised to the Indonesian authorities. The British Foreign Office has expressed its concerns. Locals convicted of carrying much less drugs have been executed in Indonesia.