British woman, 56, gets death for smuggling cocaine into Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:20am GMT

1 of 5. Lindsay Sandiford of Britain (R) listens to her translator during her trial in Denpasar at the Indonesian resort island of Bali January 22, 2013.

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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court sentenced a middle-aged British woman to death on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine worth more than $2.5 million (1.5 million pounds) 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.

It was not clear if she would appeal. Prosecutors had initially sought a jail term for Sandiford, taking into account her age.

Indonesia has some of the strictest drug trafficking laws in the world, with many foreigners languishing in jail on Bali.

The so-called Bali Nine were arrested in 2005 and found guilty of attempting to smuggle more than 8 kg of heroin into Australia. Their sentences ranged from 15 years' jail to death.

(Reporting by Reuters newsroom; Writing by Neil Chatterjee; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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