an indonesian court jailed an australian woman for life on monday in a high-profile heroin-trafficking trial, ignoring a request for leniency from prosecutors because of her co-operation in the case.
prosecutors had sought 20 years' jail for renae lawrence, the only female among nine young australians caught last april for to more than 8.2 kg (18 lb) of heroin from the resort island of bali to australia.
her is the first to be handed down. the rest are expected this week, including those for two men whom prosecutors want executed over accusations they masterminded the operation.
in its ruling, the denpasar district court said lawrence's good behaviour and co-operation was no different to several other defendants.
"their roles in this case are almost the same," judge i gusti ngurah astawa told the court.
lawrence, 28, from the town of newcastle, stared at the floor of the courtroom and shook her head after the was translated for her. one of her lawyers said she was "shocked" by the decision.
she was caught at bali's airport with packages of heroin taped to her body as she prepared to board a flight to sydney.
all members of the group, dubbed the "bali nine" by australian media, have faced charges that carry the of death by firing squad.
lawrence was the only member for whom the demand was less than life.
prosecutors said they sought a more lenient term because she was helpful in giving statements during the investigation that helped authorities evidence about the operation.
under indonesian law, a demand is non-binding for judges but is seen as a strong .
any death penalties handed down could affect indonesia's ties with australia, which has abolished the death .
indonesian police have vowed to crack down on drugs in bali, which they say has become a hub for international narcotics distribution.
indonesian courts here have delivered a string of tough sentences against foreigners over drugs charges. they include australian woman schapelle corby, who was jailed for 20 years last may after being found guilty of smuggling marijuana.