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Briton gets 14 years in jail for Indonesia drug smuggling

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:34 PM
 
Andrea Waldeck is guarded by officials prior to her trial at a court in Surabaya on January 22, 2014. The British woman was jailed for 14 years on January 22 but escaped the death penalty after admitting that she smuggled crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia from China. --PHOTO: AFP

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AFP) - A British woman was jailed for 14 years Wednesday but escaped the death penalty after admitting that she smuggled crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia from China.

Andrea Waldeck had confessed to taking the drugs through the airport in Surabaya, in the east of Indonesia's main Java island, hidden in her underwear but claimed she was coerced into carrying them.

After being found guilty and sentenced at a Surabaya court, the former police worker hung her head as she was led down to the cells.

The sentence was lower than prosecutors' recommendation of 16 years for the 43-year-old, who had smuggled 1.5 kilograms (three pounds) of crystal meth into Indonesia. She could have received the death sentence for smuggling that quantity of drugs under Indonesian anti-narcotics laws, which are some of the toughest in the world.

 
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