British grandmother on death row for smuggling cocaine in Bali celebrates her 60th birthday behind bars
Lindsay Sandiford held a party for fellow inmates and supporters.
But she has been warned she may be fast-tracked for execution.
She says she is not afraid of dying and wants to make the best of time left.
Sandiford has been on death row since 2012 after smuggling cocaine.
A British grandmother on death row in Bali for smuggling cocaine has celebrated her 60th birthday after being warned she may be fast-tracked for execution.
Lindsay Sandiford held a party for fellow inmates and supporters as the Indonesia government prepares to send a group of foreign convicts to the firing squad this week.
The Mail on Sunday was given exclusive access to Sandiford’s birthday party at the notorious Kerobokan prison, where the Yorkshire grandmother insisted: ‘I’m not frightened of dying.’
Sandiford revealed that she had received a letter from Indonesia’s Attorney General six weeks ago warning her to lodge a final appeal within 30 days.
If she didn’t, it would be seen as acceptance of her sentence and she would be listed for execution.
But following legal advice, Sandiford refused to sign an official form acknowledging she had received the letter, saying: ‘It would be like signing my own death warrant.’
She has been told she is not among the first batch of executions expected shortly after Ramadan ends on Tuesday, but could be included in the next group of prisoners.
Up to 16 prisoners have already been moved to Nusa Kambangan – known as Execution Island – where they will be taken into a jungle clearing and shot.
Sandiford has been on death row since 2012 after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.6 million through the holiday island’s airport. She claimed a drugs syndicate had threatened the life of her son if she did not co-operate and helped police with a sting operation.
As she celebrated her birthday last Saturday with pizza, blueberry cheesecake and soft drinks, Sandiford told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I want to make the best of the time I have left.’
She watched video messages from family members in Britain, and her wish as she cut her birthday cake was for a hug from granddaughter Ayla, three. Ayla was born after Sandiford’s arrest and visited her in prison with her parents last October.
Sandiford said: ‘A lot of people don’t get to see their grandchildren as they grow up, so I’m not alone in that.’ After blowing out her candles, Sandiford joked to inmates: ‘Thanks for coming. Your taxis are waiting outside.’
Source :Daily Mail
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