The Straits Times
Published on Jan 28, 2013

British grandmother files appeal against Indonesia death sentence


DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - A British grandmother convicted for smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali filed an appeal on Monday against her death sentence by firing squad, a court official said.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was handed the death penalty last Tuesday for smuggling almost five kilogrammes (11 pounds) of cocaine worth US$2.4 million (S$2.97 million) into Indonesia last May.

"Today, she officially submitted a statement to the prison saying she would file an appeal. The prison then contacted us," Denpasar district court registrar Gede Ketut Rantam told AFP. "She filed the statement on her own and so far she has not appointed a lawyer," he added.

In a copy of the statement seen by AFP, Ms Sandiford said she was "filing an appeal against the decision of the Denpasar district court on January 22", without giving other details.