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British woman 'faces 15 years' for Bali drugs charges

Lindsay Sandiford in May this year. Credit: ITV News

A grandmother from Teeside is facing 15 years in jail in Bali for her alleged role in an international drug trafficking ring in Bali.

Prosecutors have asked for the sentence if 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford is convicted of smuggling £1.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island.

Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was arrested in May when customs officers at Bali's airport allegedly discovered 8.4lb (3.8kg) of cocaine in her luggage. Prosecutor Lie Putra Setiawan told the Denpasar District Court that she was guilty of violating the country's strict drugs law.

Under Indonesian law, drug smuggling carries the death sentence though foreigners seldom receive it.

British mother sentenced to one year for drug possession

Rachel Dougall with her translator in court in Denpasar, Bali, on December 11. Credit: Reuters / Stringer Indonesia

British mother Rachel Dougall has been cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but found guilty of drug possession, and sentenced to one year in prison.

Her lawyer told The Times that as she had already served eight months on jail, he would ask for her to be paroled next month, and sent back to the UK.

Ms Dougall, is one of four Brits accused of attempting to import nearly £1.6 million worth of cocaine on to the island.

She was arrested after police found 25kg of cocaine in a cigarette packet in her house in Tabanan, northwest Bali, during a sting operation.


Brit cleared of drug trafficking in Bali

British man Paul Beales has been cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but was found guilty of possessing hashish, and received a four year jail sentence.

Mr Beales was arrested a part of a sting operation into international drug trafficking in the island, and if convicted, could have faced the death penalty.

After the verdict and sentence was announced yesterday, Mr Beales hugged his legal team, and left the court smiling. His lawyer said he accepted the verdict and would not appeal.

British man jailed by Indonesian court over drug charges

A court in Indonesia has sentenced a British man to four years in jail for possessing drugs. 40-year-old Paul Beales also faced a further charge of selling them.

But because Beales was not considered the main player in the case, he escaped the death penalty.

Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived at his trial earlier this year Credit: Reuters

Beales was arrested in May this year, along with three other Britons - Lindsay Sandiford, Rachel Dougall and Julian Ponder - after authorities found nearly five kilogrammes of cocaine inside the lining of a suitcase which arrived at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport from Bangkok.

But the court cleared him of those charges.

Trial of Briton accused of Bali drug smuggling begins

One of the Britons accused of attempting to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into Bali has started his trial in Indonesia today.

Paul Beales, who faces a maximum of 20 years in jail, and fellow Brits Julian Ponder, Rachel Dougall and Lindsay June Sandiford, along with Indian national, Nanda Gophal, were detained after Indonesian police and custom officials allegedly found 4.8kg of the drug in Sandiford's suitcase.

In May, Mr Beales told our China correspondent Angus Walker, he was "only meant to pick the lady (Lindsay June Sandiford) up".

Mr Beales's trial will continue on September 24.

Bali drugs suspect: 'I have been set up'

Rachel Dougall, the 38-year-old Brighton woman arrested in Bali on suspicion of drugs trafficking, claims she has been "set-up" by Lindsay Sandiford, the 55 year-old woman caught last month at Bali's airport with cocaine worth £1.6 million in her suitcase.

I have been set up, by this woman Lindsay I just don't believe what they are saying; that I could be apart from my baby for a long time.

I am hallucinating, I can't sleep, I can't eat, I am losing my marbles.

Dougall had been preparing for her daughter's birthday when Indonesian detectives arrived to search her home. Police found two packets of cigarettes containing cocaine; one in her handbag and one in her daughter's bedroom.

I keep thinking I am at the party. Our friends are around and our daughter is smiling and happy. The last time I saw her she was screaming and crying, she wanted her Mummy.

I had nothing to do with this, it is a set up. The two Marlboro packets with coke appeared. One in my bag, which was in Kitty's room. As if I would have that in my daughter's room? It wasn't mine


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