Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Jail call for drugs charge Briton

Briton Lindsay Sandiford covers her face as she sits on the defendant's chair facing drugs charges in court in Denpasar (AP)

Indonesian prosecutors are seeking a 15-year prison sentence for a British woman accused of smuggling cocaine worth 2.5 million dollars (£1.54 million) into the resort island of Bali.

Prosecutor Lie Putra Setiawan told the Denpasar District Court today that Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, was guilty of violating the country's strict narcotics law.

Sandiford, originally from Redcar, Teesside, was arrested in May when customs officers at Bali's airport allegedly discovered 3.8 kilos (8.4lbs) of cocaine in her luggage.

Another Briton, Rachel Dougall, was sentenced to one year in prison in a separate trial today for failing to report a crime to authorities, and a third, Paul Beales, got four years imprisonment yesterday for illegal possession of 3.1 grams of hash.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often executed.

www.indonesia.go.id (Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights)

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