First execution in Indonesia in five years leads to concerns for drug smuggling gran Lindsay Sandiford
FEARS are growing for grandmother Lindsay Sandiford after Indonesian officials put to death a drug trafficker in its first execution in five years.
Adami Wilson, 48, from Malawi, was killed by firing squad after being convicted of smuggling 1kg of heroin into Indonesia in 2004.
Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood, who has stressed his opposition to Sandiford's sentence, vowed to speak to the Indonesian ambassador about the latest development. He said: "This sounds like an extremely worrying scenario.
"It is a very concerning development for Lindsay and her family and I will be speaking to the Indonesian ambassador in the UK to ask how this will affect her case. The legal process is ongoing so we should not be overly pessimistic about it."
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Sandiford, who lived for a time in Hester's Way and Warden Hill, was given the death penalty by a court in Bali in January for taking 10.6lb (4.8kg) of cocaine on to the island.
The 56-year-old is currently appealing the death penalty.
There had been no execution in Indonesia since 2008, leading many campaigners to believe it was moving away from capital punishment.
Indonesian Attorney General Basrief Arief said that the authorities planned to put at least a further nine death row inmates to death in 2013.
Amnesty International has condemned the move. Amnesty's Indonesia researcher Papang Hidayat said: "We oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, but Indonesia's long period without executions and the pledge to put even more people to death, makes this even more shocking.
"Carrying out even more executions now would be hugely regressive.
"We urge the Indonesia government to immediately halt any plans to put more people to death."
The Foreign Office has also stressed its opposition to the death penalty.
Around 130 people are believed to be on death row in Indonesia.