Bali drugs case man gets six years

Times Series: Briton Julian Anthony Ponder has been sentenced to six years in prison in Indonesia for his part in cocaine smuggling Briton Julian Anthony Ponder has been sentenced to six years in prison in Indonesia for his part in cocaine smuggling

A British man has been sentenced to six years in prison for receiving cocaine in Indonesia from a British grandmother who was sentenced to death last week.

Julian Anthony Ponder was found guilty of being an accomplice to 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford. She was sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling cocaine worth 2.5 million US dollars (£1.6 million) in her suitcase on to the resort island of Bali.

Presiding Judge Gunawan Tri Budiono said Ponder was convicted of possessing narcotics and also fined one billion rupiah (£65,000).

Two other British citizens and an Indian have also been convicted and jailed in connection with the case.

Indonesia, like many Asian countries, is very strict on drug crimes.

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