Fears raised over prospect of execution for convicted drug smuggler (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Fears raised over prospect of execution for convicted drug smuggler
CONCERN has been raised for a North-East woman facing the death penalty in Indonesia after another convicted drugs carrier was executed by firing squad.
Lindsay Sandiford, 56, originally from Redcar, East Clevleand, has appealed against the death sentence she received for smuggling £1.58m of cocaine into the resort island of Bali but she is still on death row.
Amnesty International says it is the first execution since November 2008.
Adami Wilson, a 48-year old Malawian national who was convicted for drug trafficking in 2004, was executed by firing squad in Jakarta.
The Indonesian Attorney General Basrief Arief said that the authorities planned to put at least a further nine death row inmates to death in 2013 – which could result in Mrs Sandiford facing a firing squad.
Amnesty International’s Indonesia Researcher Papang Hidayat (CORR), said: “This is really outrageous news. We oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, but Indonesia’s long period without executions and the pledge to put even more people to death, makes this even more shocking.”
Around 130 people are believed to be on death row in Indonesia – more than half of them have been convicted of drug trafficking.