ANDREA WALDECK FACING DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUGS SMUGGLING IN INDONESIA – This particular story is disturbing for a number of factors.
Firstly it is unlikely that many people in the UK, or indeed around the world, are not aware of the plight of 56 year old grandmother, Lindsay Sandiford, who was this year sentenced to death by an Indonesian Court for attempting to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into the country.
Secondly the latest person to now face the possibility of being executed for drugs smuggling is Andrea Ruth Waldeck a British ex-PCSO – you would think that considering the point above and the fact that Ms. Waldeck is ex-law enforcement that she might have stopped to think about her actions.
This particular case actually goes back to April of this year after the Indonesian authorities searched Ms. Waldeck hotel room due a tip off and discovered £3,000 worth of cocaine hidden in her underwear.
The trial, which began on Monday, now has prosecutors painting a picture of evil. Prosecutors have told the courts of how Ms. Waldeck left the British police force and then took to crossing the globe and became part of an Indonesian drugs smuggling gang.
In her defence Ms. Waldeck told the court that she was forced by her boyfriend to deliver a total of 1.47kg of crystal meth. The man, yet to be identified, is said to be living in China and that he was part of an Indonesian – Chinese drug smuggling gang.
As part of the mitigating circumstances her defence has told the court that Ms. Waldeck was forced to declare bankruptcy in the UK back in 2009 after she accumulated debts of more than £120,000.
Prosecutors are painting a far darker image of Ms. Waldeck after describing how she initially evaded detection at customs, but police officers were later tipped off by an anonymous source which led them to a hotel at Surabaya.
Since her arrest, Ms. Waldeck has set up a Facebook page which she has used in order to apologise to family and friends for the embarrassment and disappointment caused.
If found guilty Ms. Waldeck may well face the same fate as Lindsay Sandiford by being given the death penalty and at a later date face execution by firing squad.
The Indonesian authorities and the Supreme Court have denied Lindsay Sandiford a reprieve and as things currently stand she has few options to escape the death penalty.
Indonesia, like many South East Asian countries, takes a very hard line regarding drug smugglers. With a country racked with problems due to drug abuse the authorities are keen to hand down the death penalty and execute drugs smugglers in order to provide a clear and unequivocal message to any other would-be drug smugglers.