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Indonesia drug smuggler Andrea Waldeck 'ashamed'

Andrea Waldeck Image copyright AFP
Image caption Waldeck became visibly emotional during a speech to the courtroom in Surabaya

A British woman who smuggled 1.4kg (3lb) of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia has told a court she is ashamed of her actions.

Andrea Waldeck, a 43-year-old former police community support officer from Gloucestershire, gave a two-minute speech reacting to a recommended 16-year jail sentence.

She said she had brought shame on her country and family.

The maximum penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia is death.

'Not the mastermind'

The BBC's South East Asia producer, Alice Budisatrijo, said the sentence is due in a few weeks but the recommendation was "a good indication" to what might follow.

However she said judges could still potentially hand down a lighter, or harsher, sentence.

"In court, her lawyer repeated the previous argument that Waldeck was simply a victim, that she did what she did because she was coerced," she added.

"They just keep repeating that she was not the mastermind of the drug-smuggling operation."

As well as a lengthy jail term, prosecutors have called for the imposition of a 2bn rupiah (£100,000) fine.

Waldeck, who is originally from Talgarth in Powys, was arrested at a hotel in East Java in April last year.

Gloucestershire Police confirmed she left the force in February 2012.

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