A 56-year-old British grandmother has been sentenced to death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at Bali’s airport in May last year after 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine was found in the lining of her suitcase during a routine customs check.
Sandiford, whose last UK address was in Gloucestershire, said she was coerced into bringing the drugs to the island.
Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has condemned the sentence*.
He told MPs the government strongly objected to the death penalty imposed.
Her lawyers have said they were “surprised” at the verdict and would appeal. Prosecutors had recommended a 15-year sentence of imprisonment.
There was a rash of these kinds of stories several years ago, although it was mainly Thailand and silly young backpackers who had apparently come down in yesterday’s rain. And there was that couple that got “done” for shagging on the beach in Dubai…
Do they think “ah, Bali/Thailand/Dubai… tinpot countries run by idiot non-whites… I’ll never get caught but even if I do I’ll be able to get out of it”? Or do they think that every other country is as appalling at punishing blatant law-breakers as Britain? Either way, grow up! Funnily enough I have done quite a bit of travelling and nobody has ever tried to “coerce” me into becoming a drugs mule.
* and he can fuck off twice too, can you imagine the uproar if an Indonesian junior minister started criticising the UK’s legal system?