Lindsay Sandiford's MP says the sentence has come as a shock to a lot of people, and he's aiming to raise the issue with Foreign Secretary, William Hague. Martin Horwood, the MP for Cheltenham where Lindsay Sandiford once lived, said the death penalty should be a thing of the past:
This is not the way that a country that now values democracy and human rights should really be behaving. I imagine all those who know Lindsay will be extremely worried and concerned about this development.
When the prosecutors asked for something less than the death sentence, for a custodial sentence, then I guess I'm afraid some of us perhaps relaxed a little and this has come as a real shock that the judges have actually delivered a sentence which is obviously much, much harsher than the one that was actually requested by prosecutors.
Former Gloucestershire businesswoman woman Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
The woman, originally from Redcar in Teesside, was arrested in May after police in Bali said they found 10.6lb of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase.
– Foreign and Commonwealth Office Spokeswoman
We can confirm that a British national is facing the death penalty in Indonesia.
We remain in close contact with that national and continue to provide consular assistance.
The UK remains strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances
Sandiford, 56, was sentenced after being found guilty of violating the country's strict drug laws by the Denpasar District Court today.
In the court's verdict, a judge panel headed by Amser Simanjuntak, concluded that Sandiford has damaged the image of Bali as a tourism destination and weakened the government's programme of drug annihilation.
The cocaine she smuggled was worth around 2.5 million US dollars, the Associated Press reported.
Prosecutors had said during the trial last month that they were seeking a 15-year prison term, and not pursuing the maximum penalty for drug trafficking which is death.
During the trial Sandiford's lawyer read out a statement from her son which said:
– Statement from Lindsay Sandiford's Son
I love my mother very much and have a very close relationship with her.
I know that she would do anything to protect me. I cannot imagine what I would do if she was sentenced to death in relation to these charges.
Sandiford previously told the court she became involved only because "the lives of my children were in danger".
– Lindsay Sandiford, Witness Statement
I would like to begin by apologising to the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian people for my involvement.
I would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them.
A former Cheltenham businesswoman has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
Lindsay Sandiford was arrested last May after police in Bali found more than 10 pounds of cocaine in her suitcase.