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Lindsay Sandiford, British Grandmother, Awaits Bali Firing Squad

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:28 AM

Lindsay Sandiford, a British grandmother imprisoned in Indonesia on drug trafficking charges, is awaiting execution by firing squad and says she's already started writing her goodbye letters.

Sandiford, 58, was sentenced to death for allegedly smuggling cocaine into Bali in 2012, the Daily Mail reported. She opened up this week about her looming execution.

"My execution is imminent and I know I might die at any time now," she told the British newspaper. "I could be taken tomorrow from my cell in Bali to Nusa Kambangan — the place they call Execution Island — and given 72 hours' notice before I am put in front of a firing squad."

"I am out of time to apply for clemency and I have no funds to appeal against my death sentence, so the authorities can simply assume I accept my sentence. It is terrifying. They have already executed 14 people this year and they are not going to stop until all of us are dead," she continued. "The situation is so volatile. That's why I have to make my preparations now."

Sandiford also said she will not wear a blindfold when she faces the firing squad. She also plans to sing for her executors.

“I won’t wear a blindfold. It’s not because I’m brave but because I don’t want to hide — I want them to look at me when they shoot me,” the grandmother told the Daily Mail, adding that she plans to sing "Magic Moments."

In 2012, Indonesian customs officers found an estimated $2.4 million worth of cocaine in a false bottom in Sandiford's suitcase when she arrived in Bali from Thailand, The Star Online reported. Sandiford told authorities that she only agreed to transport the illicit substance after after a drug syndicate threatened to kill her son.

Sandiford developed a friendship in prison with Andrew Chan, 31, one of the two Australians accused of being part of the "Bali Nine" drug smuggling group. He was executed last week. She told The Star that Chan was "one of the heroes of my life."

"I miss Andrew greatly and it is very difficult to cope with the knowledge that my execution could happen at any time now," Sandiford told the Daily Mail. "The way I cope with my situation is by shutting it out of my mind. I cope with it by putting it in a box, because if I let it out I think I'd go mad."

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