LINDSAY SANDIFORD FACING EXECUTION IN BALI SAYS SHE IS READY TO DIE – After recently having her appeal for clemency denied by an Indonesian High Court, Lindsay Sandiford who attempted to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into the country, says she is now ready to face the firing squad.
In an interview, from her over-crowed, hot and humid cell in the notorious Kerobokan prison, Lindsay Sandiford told The Mail on Sunday;
“I would rather have the death sentence than a life sentence. I don’t want to get old and decrepit in here; at least a bullet is quick.” Lindsay Sandiford
The British Home Secretary, William Hague, has written a strong letter to the Indonesian Authorities detailed a number of issues with her case including the alleged abuse while being detained and question, to inadequate legal representation. It was also noted that the other gang members received sentences from just 1 year to 6 years which is leaving some to suspect that the judges were paid off. The bribing of officials, including police officers and judges is rife in a country known for its high levels of corruption.
Her co-conspirators included, along with their sentences:
Julian Ponder 43, – 6 Years
Paul Beale, 40, – 4 Years
Rachel Dougall, 38 – 1 Year
According to the continued statement by Lindsay Sandiford she went on to say that she had no regrets and that she has led a full and fun life, going many places around the world and meeting many nice people. She has, in her own words, ‘No regrets.’
Lindsay Sandiford has confessed her guilt and acknowledges that it was both legally and morally wrong to have smuggled drugs into the country but feels that her sentence of death is unjust considering she full co-operated with the authorities which led to the arrest and sentencing of Ponder, Beale and Dougall. According to inside sources Sandiford has received death threats from the other three members of the gang for setting them up in the police sting operation.
Lindsay Sandiford tells The Mail on Sunday that she is NOT looking for public sympathy as she is fully aware the public’s feelings towards drug smugglers and the lives the drugs ruin.
The dilemma for Lindsay Sandiford now is that there will probably be another appeal and if successful the sentence would most likely be reduced to life imprisonment; something that Lindsay Sandiford would rather not face.
Certainly the Court’s ruling and the High Court’s decision to uphold the original sentence would seem bizarre. In its decision it cited that Sandiford was involved in an international drug smuggling operation with other foreign nationals but it did NOT provide any reasoning as to why the other three conspirators received such light sentences; many feel that the death penalty should have been imposed on all or none.
The transportation of all non-prescription narcotics around the world is illegal. In South East Asia, and in other parts of the world, anyone caught smuggling narcotics is subject to the death penalty. All airports carry very large warning messages of the penalty.
Drug abuse in Indonesia and across South East Asia is a huge problem and the authorities in each country warn of the death penalty as a deterrent; however there are some, such as Lindsay Sandiford, who feel they can beat the system.
I am and advocate of the death penalty, for many reasons, and in this case, regardless of how she assisted the authorities, the simple and stark truth is that she attempted to smuggle a huge quantity of cocaine into Indonesia for financial gain. Her thoughts now are that it was illegal and immoral and yet there was no thought of that at the time.
Lindsay has in the past told the court and reporters that she was ‘forced’ to smuggle the drugs as the other co-conspirators had threatened to harm her children if she did not. There has never, in the reports that I have read, been any explanation as to who Lindsay Sandiford became involved with Ponder, Beale and Dougall in the first instance.
As cold as this might appear my concern is not for Lindsay Sandiford but rather for all the children and families her drugs would have destroyed.
In knowing the full consequences of her actions Lindsay Sandiford must now face her demise for the decision and action to smuggle the drugs. If her next appeal succeeds, and many hope it will, she will then face the rest of her life behind bars in a country that is notorious for ensuring its prison system is nothing like a five star hotels that we offer our criminals in the west.
Considering that she did fully co-operate with the authorities, and considering the strange sentences the others received, I feel that Lindsay Sandiford should have her death sentence commuted to life imprisonment but with the courts giving Lindsay a choice – firing squad or life behind bards.
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