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Four Britons, one Indian arrested for smuggling cocaine into Bali

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She knew what she was doing and what the laws are in Indonesia. I hope the UK government does not waste tax money in an effort to get her out.

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If she had claimed to be on a mission from some 'prophet' they would have let her go and offered to carry her suitcase for her.

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She will quite rightly get assitance from the Britsih government. It is their duty to assist, esepecially in countries that have a backwards and outdated legal system that still uses the brabaric death penalty.

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JonnyGlitterball:

It should NOT be the duty of the British government to "assist" drug smugglers motivated by greed.

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She knew what she was doing

At this point, she is a suspect. Then guilty or not, she and her and her family deserve the same diplomatic assistance as any UK citizen. Not to "get her out", but to make sure she is treated and judged fairly,

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WilliB; She is unconvicted. In Britain thismeans that she has not been found guilty of any crime, thus she is entitled to the same asisitance as anyone who is in trouble abroad. You nor i have no idea of her guilt or if she is guilty her motivation, her mental state or anything mitigating circumstances. Also she is a middle aged housewife who unlike a high earner can ill afford decent legal help in a 3rd rate legal system (that has the death penalty). It is her governements duty to try to ensure there is justice not revenge and humane treatment at all stages.

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Well if they are all guilty, let the Indonesian legal system take care of them with no British nor Indian involvement.

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Ok, maybe that was too diplomatic, LET THEM HANG!! Drugs are bad, if they wanted $$$ to poison others with drugs, well well well, time to let them face that lovely Indonesian music.

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The death penalty for drug smuggling? C'mon. You'll only find that in backwards countries.

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Legalize ALL drugs. Criminalization is a CRIME.

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The law is not the problem (heavy penalties for drug smuggling are fine. It is the manner in which the justice and the police system work. If you haven't read Hotel K by Katheryn Bonella, it is a great read on Bali and the prison.

http://books.google.com/books/about/Hotel_K.html?id=GSVeFrNSGkAC&redir_esc=y

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Time and time we have heard these stories before and most people should know by now that most of these countries have a zero tolerance for narcotics natural or synthetic, if people want to play Russian Roulette with their lives, so be it. These people absolutely cannot blame anyone but themselves. They knew the risks and yet, they thought, they could beat the system and this is the result. Sadly, I feel in the future we'll hear about more people getting apprehended overseas, because of GREED. It's NOT worth it, unless you have a death wish.

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Looks they busted a major drug ring in Bali and cleaned house. I don't feel sorry for them because I am quite sure they knew the risks of this kind of business in Bali. The Death Penalty Warnings are written on big signs in the airport.

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It should NOT be the duty of the British government to "assist" drug smugglers motivated by greed.

They have been tried and convicted in the court of WilliB the mind reader. Of course any other day he would not trust the Indonesian authorities as far as he could throw a crate of Korans.

I find it interesting that corrupting the populace with drugs he finds worthy of death, but corrupting the populace with sex acts should not come with death threats. Everyone truly has differing values. Mine are: drugs should be regulated but allowed, killing is not a justice option, sex is wonderful but abuse isn't, and everyone is entitled to a fair trial that could in the verdict of guilty or not guilty.

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Death by firind squad? Geeeezzzz! Maybe other countires should pick this up. Just hearing that makes me think twice about taking even prescription medication in to that country.

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@ Johhny

if you say anything against the death penalty the right wing americans give loads of thumbs down , almost in unison. USA,USA,USA!!!!

Maybe you don't realize this, but Americans are NOT a Collective group that think one way and besides, it has nothing to do with political affiliation and has everything to do with right and wrong and the laws of the countries that have strict laws concerning illegal narcotics.

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No drugs, no Lady Gaga. La La Oh la la You're on the wrong track. Don't bring your drugs this way!!!

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JohhnyGlitterball

In Britain thismeans that she has not been found guilty of any crime, thus she is entitled to the same asisitance as anyone who is in trouble abroad. You nor i have no idea of her guilt or if she is guilty her motivation, her mental state or anything mitigating circumstances. Also she is a middle aged housewife who unlike a high earner can ill afford decent legal help in a 3rd rate legal system (that has the death penalty). It is her governements duty to try to ensure there is justice not revenge and humane treatment at all stages.

Yes she is entitled to assistance from her consulate. However regardless of her motivation, mental state or mitigating circumstances she took a large amount of drugs into a country with a strict drug policy and the death penalty for the importation of drugs. She ignored her own governments advice (taken from FCO website):

Possession, trafficking and manufacture of such drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities have a zero-tolerance policy and those caught face lengthy prison sentences or the death penalty, usually after a protracted and expensive legal process. British nationals have been caught and jailed for drug offences in Indonesia. Police often raid locations (particularly in Bali) known to be frequented by foreigners, and may require an individual to take a urine or blood test where they have reasonable suspicion that drugs have been taken. Drug use or the possession of even small amounts of drugs such as marijuana or ecstasy can lead to prison sentences longer than four years. Convicted traffickers or users of hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin face the death penalty in Indonesia. Criminal gangs in the UK and elsewhere are known to coerce people into carrying drugs across borders; don’t allow yourself to be persuaded.

She ignored all the other high profile cases involving foreigners, Schapelle Corby, Bali nine etc some of whom are facing the death penalty and she took her chances at getting away with it. Now she has been caught the likes of you want the same government whose advice she ignored to help her get out of her mess.

Who cares if you dont agree with the law and punishment for drugs in a country, they are that countries laws and punishments. If you do not like them do not travel there. If you do travel there and CHOSE to ignore their laws.... well more fool you.

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Firing squad? They still do that on this planet?

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Hey, for your information the nice state of UTAH, in the USA still has the firing squad, and the last time I checked, Utah and the USA were part of this planet,right? So it is not only a poor 3rd world Indonesia that does this kind of death penalty, but if they do do it out in Bali, good on them,we need to make sure the future generations understand that DRUGS ARE EVIL!

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