A 60 yr old British grandmother on death row in Indonesia for smuggling drugs has condemned the “senseless, brutal” execution of two Australians, and reportedly fears she could be next in line for the firing squad.
Briton Lindsay Sandiford, who was in the same jail as the Australians on the resort island of Bali after being sentenced to death in 2013.
The BBC quoted her lawyer as saying that Sandiford fears she could be next in line to be executed, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo mounts a campaign against what he says is a national emergency caused by rising drugs use.
Sandiford was caught trying to smuggle a huge stash (4.8 kg) of cocaine into Bali. She claims she was coerced into trafficking, and her family recently launched a fundraising drive to raise the money needed to lodge an appeal at the Indonesian Supreme Court, after the British government refused to fund her legal fight.
Her New Zealand lawyer Craig Tuck, who is leading an international pro bono legal team representing Sandiford, says the money is needed to retain Indonesian lawyers who can fight her case.
Sandford has admitted her guilt. I have no sympathy for anyone who gambles their lives for big money when they’re quite aware of the risks they’re taking. Indonesia should have the right to run its justice system as it wants, and if they despise drug traffickers enough to want them dead, then so be it.