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Meth smuggler Andrea Waldeck 'victim of drugs mafia'

Andrea Waldeck Image copyright AFP
Image caption Waldeck is due to be sentenced on 22 January

A British woman who smuggled 1.4kg (3lb) of crystal meth into Indonesia was the victim of an "international drugs mafia", a court has heard.

Andrea Waldeck, 43, of Gloucestershire, has previously admitted trafficking the drug into the country.

But her lawyer, Roberto Kaligis, insisted the former police community support worker had been a "victim" and was not a member of any drugs group.

The maximum penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia is death.

Waldeck, who is originally from Talgarth in Powys, was arrested at a hotel in East Java in April last year. She left Gloucestershire Police in February 2012.

Both her mother and brother were in court for Wednesday's hearing.

A 16-year jail term was recommended previously and prosecutors have called for the imposition of a 2bn rupiah (£100,000) fine.

The BBC's South East Asia producer, Alice Budisatrijo, said the recommendation was "a good indication" of what might follow.

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

She is due to be sentenced on 22 January in the court of Surabaya.

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