British Woman Given Death Penalty For Smuggling $2.5M Of Cocaine In Bali

Category: World / Jan 22, 2013 11:55AM EDT
An Indonesian court sentenced a middle-aged British woman to death on Tuesday (January 22) for smuggling cocaine worth more than $2.5 million into the resort island of Bali. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was found guilty of smuggling 4.8 kg (11 lbs) of the drug hidden in the lining of her suitcase on a flight from Bangkok in May. Sandiford, who was accompanied by a translator, covered her face several times with a head scarf as she listened to the verdict being read out. Prosecutors had initially sought a jail term for Sandiford, taking into account her age. It was not clear if she would appeal. After the verdict was read out, Sandiford, accompanied by one of her lawyers, left the courtroom quickly without speaking to the media. Indonesia has some of the strictest drug trafficking laws in the world, with many foreigners languishing in jail on Bali.