The 56-year-old said threats of harm to her children by a gang forced her to smuggle the cocaine, reportedly worth $2.5 million. Her co-conspirator is currently awaiting trial for his role in the drug smuggling.
Attorney's for Sandiford have vowed to appeal the sentence, which gives the defendant some hope since appeals take several years. Read Full Story
According to wikipedia.com, capital punishment in the Asian nation is rare. As of this month, approximately 75 Indonesians and 40 foreigners being detained in Indonesian jails have been sentenced to death. The last death sentence handed down by Indonesian court officials was carried out in June 2008 when two Nigerian nationals were executed for drug trafficking. The Asian nation executed ten prisoners in 2008.
Indonesia is located in Asia near Singapore, the Christmas Island and Malaysia.
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Locked Up Abroad : Backstabbed in Thailand
The story of a former Army soldier and war veteran, Kim Hood, tricked into escorting her girlfriend's cousin to Thailand to obtain "nail products." Once there, Kim learns that Lisa Taylor is actually a drug mule for a Nigerian businesswoman back in the United States. Hood is busted by customs officials as she tries to smuggle the Heroin back to the United States in her suitcase. She ends up spending more than five years in a Thailand prison before returning to the United States to complete her sentences.