A statement by Jennifer Fleetwood, an expert on the coercion of women in the international drug trade, was read out today as Lindsay Sandiford appeared in front of a court in Bali charged with drug trafficking.
The statement said, that in Dr Fleetwood's opinion, Mrs Sandiford was threatened and coerced into acting as a drugs courier.
The next hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.
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