UK woman appears in Indonesian court on drug charges
Andrea Waldeck, 43, was arrested in her hotel room in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, in April. She had allegedly telephoned a friend in China to collect the drugs, which police found in black bags, hidden in her underwear. The Foreign Office says it is aware of her detention and is providing consular assistance. If found guilty, the maximum sentence is death by firing squad. The case comes as another British woman, Lindsay Sandiford, continues to fight against her death sentence for smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine into the Indonesian island of Bali. The 57-year-old, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, lost her latest appeal in August and is now pursuing other legal avenues. The BBC’s Karishma Vaswani says Indonesia has some of the toughest anti-drug laws in the world but the death penalty is not used frequently. “This year though the government has indicated that it plans to restart the execution of drug traffickers and at least one man has already been put to death,” she said. Human rights groups say more than 140 people are on death row in Indonesia, and it is believed that a third of them are foreigners. More on This Story In defence of the much-maligned Italian man Most Popular The Evora S should be treated as a dreamy track-day affair rather than a soul mate, writes Dan Carney Programmes
Pakistan, UK to fight common threats
Labour leader Ed Miliband told his party’s annual conference in the seaside resort of Brighton that if he won the 2015 election he would freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months a pledge he used to underscore his willingness to stand up to the powerful on behalf of voters. The pledge drew praise from Labour supporters, but criticism from energy firms. “Freezing the bill may be superficially attractive, but it will also freeze the money to build and renew power stations, freeze the jobs and livelihoods of the 600,000-plus people dependent on the energy industry and make the prospect of energy shortages a reality, pushing up the prices for everyone,” said Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy U.K., which represents the country’s big power companies. Labour has struggled to win back voters since the party lost power in 2010, after 13 years in office, having been in power when the global banking crisis erupted in 2008. The 43-year-old Miliband has been painted by opponents as ineffectual, and his once-socialist party, which has shifted toward the center since the mid-1990s, is wary of appearing too left-wing. Miliband made no pledge to reverse the current Conservative-led government’s austerity measures, which have seen billions cut from public spending and thousands of jobs eliminated. Miliband said a Labour government would “stick to strict spending limits to get the deficit down.” But he promised policies to ease the pain on what he has called the “squeezed middle,” from more house-building to better mental-health services and tax cus for small businesses. Miliband accused Prime Minister David Cameron’s government of failing to stand up to big corporations and other “powerful interests,” and said Britain’s economy had become skewed in favor of the wealthy few. “For generations in Britain, when the economy grew, the majority got better off,” he said. “And then somewhere along the way that vital link between the growing wealth of the country and your family finances was broken. They used to say a rising tide lifted all boats. Now the rising tide just seems to lift the yachts.” Speaking to party members for an hour without notes, Miliband said he had taken risks in running for the party leadership, standing up to the powerful Rupert Murdoch-owned press and defeating a motion in Parliament authorizing British military action in Syria. He blamed government policies for Britain’s sluggish recovery from its post-2008 recession.
A subsequent exercise of their repatriation is expected to help promote legal immigration, including that of Pakistani students. According to a joint statement issued after a meeting between Chaudhry Nisar and Secretary May, the two sides agreed to improve anti-terror cooperation, setting the vision for counter-terrorism cooperation to 2018. This will be formalised at the next round of Pakistan-UK National Security Dialogue. The two sides agreed that it was essential to address the root causes of terrorism. aUnless the drivers of radicalisation were tackled, terrorism would always remain,a the joint statement said. They decided to share expertise and details of projects to curb violent extremism. Ms May spoke about ways the British government used emergency coordination structures in response to crisis and how civilian agencies coordinated on a daily basis. Britain agreed to share expertise on ways of managing security on a day-to-day basis to keep citizens safe. The UK agreed to continue its support in tackling the scourge of improvised explosive devices, particularly public awareness campaigns, and to share expertise in safeguarding sporting events and aviation security. Ms May supported the initiative to set up immigration vigilance unit within the Federal Investigation Agency. The two sides agreed that there should be fast-tracked information sharing between the UKas new National Crime Agency, Home Office and the FIA to prosecute the facilitators of migration crime. The UK agreed to assist the FIA in increasing its capacity to prevent illegal migration and gather intelligence to be used to prosecute visa agents. The two sides also agreed to explore the potential of reaching an agreement that would allow deportation of individuals suspected of terrorism. Ms May said the UK would unveil a new serious and organised crime strategy in October.