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Redcar woman in court on Bali drugs charges

Lindsay Sandiford, from Redcar, is told she could face the death penalty if convicted of smuggling drugs into Indonesia.

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Redcar woman in court over Bali drugs charges

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.

"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."

– Lie Putra Setiawan, prosecutor

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.

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