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Indonesia: Death Sentence for Drug-Smuggling Grandma

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | January 23rd, 2013 | Trackback

A British grandmother was sentenced to death Jan. 22 for smuggling cocaine into the tourist haven of Bali. Police arrested the 56-year-old woman at Denpasar airport in May, after finding more than 10 lbs. of cocaine—worth about $2.5 million—hidden in her luggage. The British government has decried the sentence as too harsh and a human rights organization has taken up her cause, saying she was coerced by gangsters. Indonesia has some of the strictest anti-trafficking laws in the world, not to be taken lightly. The country is currently holding 40 foreigners on death row for drug convictions, though no executions have taken place there since 2008.

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