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British grandmother appeals Indonesia death sentence for drug trafficking

Published on Feb 11, 2013 4:21 PM
In a file picture taken on Jan 22, 2013 Lindsay June Sandiford of Britain reacts inside a holding cell after her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. -- PHOTO: AFP

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - A British grandmother sentenced to death by firing squad for trafficking drugs into Indonesia lodged an appeal to the High Court on Monday, her lawyer said.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death on January 22 for smuggling nearly five kilos (11 pounds) of cocaine worth $2.4 million into the island of Bali in May, despite prosecutors recommending only a 15-year jail term.

"We've made an appeal to the High Court, and we'll wait for one month to 90 days for a response," Sandiford's lawyer Fadillah Agus told reporters outside Denpasar district court.

He said the death sentence "was not fair" and "not proportional" because Sandiford had cooperated with police to net four others in the drug ring, including three Britons who received far lighter sentences for their roles.

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