Brit Lindsay Sandiford, seeking to overturn a death sentence handed down by the Denpasar District Court for smuggling 4.7 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$2.4 million via Bali’s airport in May 2012, saw her hopes that hre life would be spared temporarily dashed when the Indonesian Supreme Court rejected her appeal last week.
When her initial verdict was announced in January 2013, many were shocked when judges ignored prosecutors’ demands for a 15-year prison sentence, choosing instead to impose the maximum penalty of death before a firing squad.
Sandiford was the only member of multi-member drug ring busted by police in May 2012 to be sentenced to death.
Sandiford told the court she was compelled to carry the drugs under threats made against her children. Another member of Sandiford’s group, Rachel Dougall, told the U.K. press after her release from Bali’s Kerobokan Prison that Sandiford was, in fact, “pure evil” and a well-know member of the drug smuggling fraternity.
Sandiford’s only hope of avoiding the firing squad is a final appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court or a commutation of sentence by the Indonesian President.
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