Kalla Won't Say if Lindsay Sandiford Discussed With UK Foreign Secretary


FEBRUARY 04, 2015

Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla met with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Jakarta on Wednesday, but he has declined to say if the pair spoke about drug smuggling grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who is on death row in Indonesia.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting the vice president said he and Hammond discussed economic ties and national security.

"We were discussing our bilateral relationship with the UK, economic partnership, security and also investment from UK to here," Kalla said.

Kalla declined to say if the pair spoke about the planned execution of Sandiford, a British national who was found with 3.8 kilograms of cocaine worth $2.5 million when she arrived in Bali from Bangkok in 2012.

"All European Union countries protest the death penalty, but our laws are different. We are implementing our own laws," Kalla said.

Indonesia was lambasted in January when it executed six people convicted of drug-trafficking.

The governments of the Netherlands and Brazil, who each had one of their nationals killed by firing squad, withdrew their ambassadors after the executions. Nigeria summoned Indonesia’s ambassador over the killing of two of its citizens.

The executions were the first under Joko Widodo’s presidency, who has since reiterated his uncompromising stance that convicted drug traffickers would not be spared.