Tuesday 17 October 2017

Britons in drugs trial 'may face firing squad'

Lindsay Sandiford (56) was arrested in May at Bali's Denpasar airport after customs officials found 11lbs of cocaine in her suitcase.
Lindsay Sandiford (56) was arrested in May at Bali's Denpasar airport after customs officials found 11lbs of cocaine in her suitcase.

Damien McElroy Bali

Two Britons, who were told they could face the firing squad, went on trial in Bali yesterday on charges of smuggling 11lb of cocaine into the Indonesian island.

Lindsay Sandiford and Julian Ponder are accused of involvement in a cocaine trading racket. Mrs Sandiford (56) was arrested in May at Bali's Denpasar airport after customs officials found 11lbs of cocaine in her suitcase. "The defendant acted against Indonesian law in smuggling illegal drugs into the country," prosecutor Lie Putra Setiawan told the court. "This offence carries a maximum penalty of death."

Mr Ponder (43) who was arrested with his wife Rachel Dougall, was charged with selling narcotics and smuggling.

The pair have dismissed the allegations of involvement in an international drug trading network as a "fit up". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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