A woman from Redcar has gone on trial in Indonesia, accused of smuggling cocaine worth more than a million pounds into the country.
Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at the airport in the holiday resort of Bali earlier this year. She told judges the charges against her are "not accurate." But if convicted, she could face the death penalty.
A woman from Redcar has appeared in court in Indonesia, charged with smuggling more than a million pounds of cocaine into the country. Lindsay Sandiford told judges the charges against her were "not accurate". She could face the death penalty if convicted.
A woman from Redcar charged with smuggling drugs into Bali has told an Indonesian court the charges against her are "not accurate".
Lindsay Sandiford could face the death penalty if convicted of importing nearly 5kg of cocaine into Bali's airport in a suitcase in May.
She was read the formal indictment by the prosecutor in court. She will enter a plea at a further hearing next week.
A woman from Redcar has been formally indicted in an Indonesian court on multiple drugs charges, for which she could face the death penalty.
Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was arrested in May upon arrival at Bali's Denpasar airport. Customs officials found 4.79 kg of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase.
She appeared in court with a translator, and covered her head with a scarf to keep it hidden from cameras. She said she had been given no access to a lawyer in prison, and appeared without one. Judges denied her more time to find one, but said the court would appoint one for her next session.
– Lie Putra Setiawan, prosecutor
"The defendant acted against Indonesian law in smuggling illegal drugs classified under category one into the country.
"This offence carries a maximum penalty of death."
Three Britons and one Indian national connected to Mrs Sandiford were also arrested in a sting in May. The trial of one of the British men was scheduled to open Thursday after Mrs Sandiford's hearing.
The drugs found in her suitcase had an estimated street value of around £1.6 million.