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Sunday, April 26, 2015

British drug mule Lindsay Saniford

British drug mule Lindsay Saniford 58, who is on death row in Bali, has accepted her fate and is expecting to be next in line for the firing squad after Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The 58 year old broke down in tears when she learned that her close friend Andrew Chan will meet his death by firing squad within days. She said he helped her cope with jail when she was sentenced two years ago.

Saniford admitted smuggling cocaine worth 1.6 million pounds from Bangkok to Bali in 2012 and even though she took part in a police sting that led to the arrest of the syndicate leaders, her death sentence still stands.

Alys Harahap

British drug lord Julian Ponder 43 who refers to himself as Bali's Mr Big, was cleared of smuggling but convicted of possessing 23g of cocaine and is serving six years in Bali.

In an interview from his prison cell, he said he had fallen in love with Alys Harahap, a British woman married to an Indonesian.  She held the important position of vice-consul and was Britain's top diplomat in Bali. Ponder said she would visit him in Kerobokan prison and was ready to leave her husband to be with him.

After their affair become known, Harahap was sacked which leaves Saniford without the diplomatic support she is entitled to.

Ponder boasted about how he conducted the affair with Cambridge-education Harahap and knew the fallout would impact on the other prisoners who relied on her to help them.

Julian Ponder

As a consequence of the affair, Saniford has been refused funding for an appeal against her sentence by the British government.  A website and Facebook page launched in her name has only raised around $1000 and she needs tens of thousands more to proceed with a legal challenge.

Unlike our Australian government, who have knocked themselves out trying to save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the British government seem to have deserted Lindsay Saniford.