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Jakarta Post

Death sentence surprises defendant

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 23 2013   /  08:59 am

Briton Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, who was on trial for smuggling 4.7 kilograms of cocaine, and the spectators who attended her final trial session Tuesday, were equally taken by surprise when the panel of judges at the Denpasar District Court sentenced her to death.

The verdict was far heavier than 15 years imprisonment sought by prosecutors. Although the existing legal system and codes have never specifically limited the judges’ authority in deciding a sentence in relation to the demand filed by the prosecutor, it is very rare for the panel of judges to issue a verdict that is significantly different, both in form and length, to that sought by the prosecutor.

“The defendant is convincingly proven guilty of importing narcotics as regulated in Article 113 of the 2009 Narcotics Law. The defendant is hereby sentenced to death,” presiding judge Amser Simanjuntak said.