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British Woman Stands Trial for Cocaine Smuggling in Bali

British Woman Stands Trial for Cocaine Smuggling in BaliBritain’s Lindsay June Sandiford, center, is escorted by a plain clothes policeman as she arrives at a court for her first trial in Bali ob September 27, 2012. Sandiford, 56, was arrested by custom officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport in May after 4.7 kg of cocaine was seized from her suitcase, officials and police said. (Reuters)

Denpasar. The trial of a 56-year-old British woman accused of smuggling five kilograms of cocaine into Indonesia opened on Thursday but was adjourned as she was not accompanied by a lawyer.Lindsay June Sandiford was arrested in May on arrival at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on the resort island of Bali after the drug was allegedly found in her bag.

She was expected to be indicted for multiple drug-related charges at the Denpasar District Court but presiding judge Amzer Simanjuntak adjourned proceedings after learning Sandiford did not have an attorney present.The next hearing was fixed for Oct. 4.Customs officials in May said the cocaine has a street value of more than Rp 23 billion ($2.4 million), an amount large enough to warrant a maximum sentence of death by firing squad.

Indonesia enforces stiff penalties including life imprisonment and death for drug trafficking.Two members of an Australian drug smuggling gang known as the “Bali Nine,” who were arrested in 2005, are on death row, while seven others face lengthy jail terms.Another Australian, Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in 2005, recently had her term slashed by five years after a clemency appeal to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.Agence France-Presse

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