Lindsay’s Death Sentence Fair: Bali Governor

DENPASAR

Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika said the death sentence for British national Lindsay June Sandiford was fair.

“We must honor the court’s ruling. They must have calculated consequences in narcotic crimes,” he said here.

Lindsay was sentenced to death after she was proven guilty of smuggling 4.7 kilograms of cocaine to Bali.

The former Bali regional police command chief said that the impact of narcotic trade was huge.

“Anyone must respect the judicial system used in one country where he/she is in. And that is our system,” he said.

He said the ruling must remain to be honored although it would be appealed because one must respect the legal process used in one country.

“It applies everywhere. If we are in other countries we also must follow the rules in those countries,” he said.

The panel of judges at the Denpasar District court chaired by Amser Simanjuntak sentenced Lindsay to death after being convicted of smuggling Rp24 billion (US$2.4 million) worth of cocaine through Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport from Bangkok, Thailand, on May 19, 2012.

The sentence was higher than the prosecutor’s demand of 15 years in jail.

Lindsay’s lawyer Ezra Karokaro had said he planned to appeal the verdict.

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