Drug Smuggling

Indonesia rejects Australians' death row appeals

Indonesia rejects Australians' death row appeals

An Indonesian court rejects the last-ditch challenges by Australian drug convicts Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing execution by firing squad.

Tuesday, 7 April, 2015, 11:45am

Running out of time on death row in Bali

Lindsay Sandiford knits in her cell on death row in Bali

In her cell on death row in Bali, Indonesia, a 56-year-old grandmother sits on a thin mattress and - in sweltering 35 degrees Celsius heat - knits elaborate jumpers and cardigans to send to relatives and friends in Britain. Sentenced to death in January for smuggling 4.8kg of cocaine, worth more than HK$19 million, in the lining of her suitcase on a flight from Bangkok to Bali last May, Lindsay Sandiford is the unlikeliest of drug mules.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:45am 1 comment

Bali court upholds death sentence for British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford

Lindsay Sandiford (left) is visited by her sister, Hilary Parsons, at Kerobokan prison, in Bali, Indonesia. Photo: AFP

An Indonesian court on Monday upheld the death sentence handed down to a 56-year-old British grandmother found guilty of trafficking cocaine into the resort island of Bali.

9 Apr 2013 - 2:51am

China and Vietnam co-operating despite border disputes

Smugglers carrying goods across the border from China into Vietnam make their way down a hill in northern Vietnam, April 17, 2006. (Photo: AP)

A week after China fired flares at Vietnamese fishing boats in yet another stand-off in the South China Sea, the two countries showed they could quietly co-operate in another field.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:19pm

Briefs, March 3, 2013

A 74-year-old man in an infirmary ward in Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, where some patients are infected with human metapneumovirus, has a fever and respiratory problems.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Drug-busting computer at Hong Kong airport foils smugglers

Computer says busted: Chek Lap Kok system foils smugglers

Chek Lap Kok saw a record number of drug busts last year, the Customs and Excise Department said - and a new computer system at the airport is getting the credit. The data-analysis system helps pick out high-risk passengers for inspection. It foiled 204 drug-smuggling attempts, compared with 140 in 2011 and 161 in 2010.

26 Feb 2013 - 4:40pm

Briefs, February 3, 2013

Police charged a man and two women with drug dealing, after they were stopped in Hong Kong Airport's departure hall while trying to smuggle HK$1.4 million worth of Ice out of the city. 

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Briefs, February 3, 2013

Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death for smuggling nearly five kilogrammes of cocaine worth 2.4 million USD into the resort island of Bali. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka has blocked entry of a London-based group of lawyers who planned to investigate the impeachment of the island's chief justice, the International Bar Association said.

3 Feb 2013 - 7:07am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

A display on assessment about the impact of supposed nuclear attack on Seoul at the Korea War Memorial Museum. Photo: AP

Bodies believed to be those of an international financier and his wife have been unearthed in Japan. Makoto Shimomi, 51, who reportedly runs a Liechtenstein-based investment fund, and Mie Shimomi, 48, disappeared after leaving their Tokyo home on December 7. 

30 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Death penalty grandmother to sue British government: charity

Lindsay June Sandiford of Britain gestures as she attends her trial at a court in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Photo: AFP

A court last Tuesday sentenced Briton Lindsay Sandiford, 56, to death by firing squad for smuggling almost five kilogrammes of cocaine worth $2.4 million into the resort island of Bali last May.

28 Jan 2013 - 11:31pm

Australia customs upheaval over Sydney airport graft

Australia announced an overhaul of its customs service on Thursday after eight people were arrested in a corruption investigation linked to an alleged drugs ring at Sydney airport.

“I am working on major structural and cultural reforms to Customs and will announce them next year,” Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said.

20 Dec 2012 - 12:07pm

Steamroller yields A$237m China drugs haul

One of the sports bags seized during the raid. Photo: AP

Australian police said yesterday they had seized cocaine and methamphetamine worth A$237 million (HK$1.9 billion) shipped from China and hidden in a steamroller.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Malaysia seizes US$7.1m ‘cocaine cocktail’ from ship

Malaysian narcotics agents have foiled a Nigerian syndicate’s bid to smuggle cocaine worth US$7.1 million hidden in coconut milk cans, a top police official said on Tuesday.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:51pm

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Greek students at a peaceful march in Athens. Photo: Reuters

Egypt's Coptics enthrone new pope

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am