On January 22, Lindsay Sandiford, a 56-year-old British grandmother, was sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Bali, Indonesia. The unusually harsh sentence has provoked a moral re-assessment of the death penalty on a global scale. Despite an appeal proposal by Sandiford’s lawyers, who are quoted by the BBC as being “surprised” by the verdict, the 56-year-old now faces death by firing squad after initially being arrested in May 2012.

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