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Indonesia sentences British grandmother to death for drug smuggling.

BALI, Indonesia (TAP)- A 56-year-old British grandmother caught smuggling blocks of cocaine in her suitcase has been sentenced to death in Indonesia, even though prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence.

But a panel of judges said Tuesday the decision to hand down Lindsay June Sandiford, who was arrested last May carrying what officials said was cocaine worth an estimated $2.6 million, the death penalty instead was based on the defendant having shown no regret for what she did, Indonesian state news agency Antara reported.

Sandiford wept when judges handed down the sentence and declined to speak to reporters on her way back to prison, covering her face with a floral scarf. She had claimed in court that she was forced to take the drugs into the country by a gang that was threatening to hurt her children.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed the sentence but said only that it would continue to provide consular assistance.

"The UK remains strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances," a Foreign Office statement said.

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Date:Jan 22, 2013
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