British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)

British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)

Britain's Lindsay Sandiford has had her death sentence upheld by a Bali court for drug trafficking. Officials rejected the 56-year-old's appeal after she smuggled 4.8kg of cocaine worth £1.6 million (384,979,824 NGN) in the lining of her luggage.

British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)

Sandiford now has 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Customs officers arrested Sandiford in May at Bali airport.

She was convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad even though prosecutors sought just 15 years in jail.

Four others suspects - three Britons and an Indian citizen - were arrested in connection with the case. All have received jail terms ranging from one to six years.

During the trial, Sandiford, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said she was forced to transport the drugs by a gang that was threatening to hurt her children.

Indonesia, which has very strict anti-drug laws, has not killed anyone since 2008, when 10 people were put to death, leaving 113 prisoners remaining on death row. But officials have said several executions are expected this year.

London's High Court last month dismissed a case Sandiford filed against the British Government, saying it did not act unlawfully when it refused to fund her appeal.

Indonesia has very strict anti-drug laws and most of the more than 40 foreigners on its death row were convicted of drug charges.

British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)
British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)

28th May 2012: Lindsay Sandiford during a press conference in Kuta, Bali

British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)
British Drug-Trafficking Mother Faces Death Sentence in Bali (PHOTOS)

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