Relief for British man suspected of smuggling crystal meth into Indonesia as authorities say they wont seek death penalty
The family of a man arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of drug smuggling have spoken of their relief after being told he won't face the death penalty. Jack Walker, 53, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, is awaiting trial after allegedly being caught with a large quantity of crystal meth. The dad-of-three - who is known locally as 'the meat man' - had been warned that Indonesian authorities use the death penalty against drug traffickers. But his brother-in-law James Gillan said prosecutors have now told Mr Walker the maximum sentence he will receive is life in prison. His family are now hoping he will be able to serve the sentence in Britain if he is convicted. James said: 'It's a relief because the possibility of a death sentence had been hanging over us. 'But we spoke to Jack and the prosecution have recommended that he receives a life sentence. 'He's given a statement to the police and he has one of the top lawyers in the country representing him. Support: Sister Linda Gallan, left, and daughter Hollie say the 'meat man' - as Jack Walker is known in his village - is innocent 'Now we want to try and get him brought home to serve his sentence over here if he is convicted.' Officials at Jakarta International Airport allegedly found the drug methylamphetamine - also known as ice - in a concealed compartment of a suitcase last September. But Mr Walker's sister Linda Gillan says he was the victim. She said: 'He genuinely didn't know what he was carrying. He is well-known and well-respected in Wythenshawe.' Mr Walker is known as 'the meat man' because he delivered meat to pubs and businesses in his white van for many years. He suffers from diabetes and collapsed after he was stopped. His family believe he may not survive in a prison hospital without the proper treatment. James added: 'He says he is fairly comfortable out there. 'His medication isn't too bad now but he's missing home.' Mr Walker's daughter Hollie and wife Lorraine will be flying out to visit him in the next few months.