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Drug smuggling British gran waiting for firing squad on death row has final chilling wish

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A British grandmother living on death row can do nothing but knit and wait to be executed as she is locked up in a Bali prison for drug -smuggling.

Lindsay Sandiford, 65, has been in Kerobokan Prison, in Indonesia, for nearly ten years after she was arrested in January 2013 for trying to smuggle £1.6 million worth of cocaine into the country.

In Indonesia, the punishment for this type of crime is terrifying - death by firing squad. Inmates can choose to sit or stand before armed soldiers open fire, aiming for the heart, The Mirror reports.If a prisoner manages to survive the ordeal, the commander then shoots them in the head.The 65-year-old gran is still waiting for her execution date, as Indonesia carries them out infrequently.Prisoners can be left waiting on death row for more than 10 years.Sandiford, who had separated from her husband, made the decision to move to India in 2012.She was arrested as she arrived in Bali from Bangkok on May 19, 2012 after cocaine was found in her luggage.The former legal secretary originally insisted she had been forced to carry the Class A drugs by a criminal gang who had threatened to hurt her family if she refused.However, she then changed her story when she was told she would receive the death penalty if convicted of drug trafficking.She told officers she had been asked to carry the drugs by Julian Ponder, a British antiques dealer.Sandiford agreed to take part in a police sting to catch Ponder, but she was still later charged with drug trafficking.She was sentenced to death on January 22, 2013.During her time in prison, Sandiford knits various items which she sells to try and raise money for her legal fees.Whilst behind bars, she befriended killer Heather Mack.Mack served 10

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