Drug smuggling British grandmother awaits execution date

A British grandmother on death row spends her time knitting while incarcerated in a Bali prison for drug smuggling, The Mirror reports. Lindsay Sandiford has been in Kerobokan Prison for nearly a decade after she was arrested in 2013 for trying to smuggle £1.6 million worth of cocaine into Indonesia.

In Indonesia, the punishment for this crime is death by firing squad. Prisoners can choose to sit or stand before armed soldiers take their shots, aiming at the heart.

If a prisoner manages to survive, the commander then shoots him in the head. The 65-year-old grandmother is still waiting for her execution date, as Indonesia does not execute them very often, and inmates can wait more than 10 years on death row.

Sandiford, who was separated from her husband, made the decision to move to India in 2012. She was arrested when she arrived in Bali from Bangkok on May 19, 2012, after cocaine was found in her luggage.

The former legal secretary initially insisted she had been forced to carry Class A drugs by a criminal gang that had threatened to hurt her family if she refused. However, she changed her story when she was told she would face the death penalty if convicted of drug trafficking.

She told officers she had been asked to carry the drugs by Julian Ponder, a British antique dealer. Sandiford agreed to take part in a police operation to capture Ponder, but she was later charged with drug trafficking.

She was sentenced to death on January 22, 2013. During her time in prison, Sandiford knitted several items that she sells to raise money for her legal fees.

While behind bars, she befriended murderer Heather Mack, who served 10 years for the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack.

Mack revealed that while in prison, Sandiford has become increasingly withdrawn. She has become difficult to talk to. She added: “She spends most of the day alone in her cell and doesn’t socialize much with the other inmates.”

The killer also revealed that Sandiford has only one last wish. She said, “She said she wants to die.”

Sandiford himself has said: “It won’t be hard for me to cope anymore. It’s not exactly a death I would choose, but then again, I wouldn’t choose to die in agony of cancer either. .”

She has also said that she feels blessed to have been able to watch her two sons grow up.

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