A British woman has been jailed for slapping an immigration officer in an argument over a fine for overstaying her visa.

Auj-e Taqaddas, 42, was found guilty in a court in Denpasar, Indonesia, of violence against an officer carrying out his legal duty at Bali Airport.

Judge Esthar Oktavi sentenced her to six months in prison.

He said that this is lighter than the one-year jail term sought by the prosecutor on July 28 last year.

But Taqaddas was not happy with the ruling.

She told the court: "This is an unfair decision … I was forcibly brought to the court, no lawyers provided."

She accused the prosecutors of torturing her three times and trapping her in the country.

Waher Tarihorang, an official at the prosecutors’ office who oversaw the case, denied using violence and said prosecutors had "the right to take forcible action to bring her to court".

This is after Taqaddas missed several earlier court dates.

Her sentencing had been postponed several times due to her being ill – and when she checked out of hotel and could not be found.

The judge and prosecutor said Taqaddas had filed an appeal.

A smartphone video of the incident, which went viral at the time, showed an agitated Taqaddas shouting and swearing at the immigration official, before slapping him across the face after grappling to snatch her passport.

Taqaddas had overstayed by about 160 days and was asked to pay a fine of 300,000 rupiah (£19) for each day, or about £3,040 in all.

Bali is Indonesia’s main tourism hub, attracting millions of foreign tourists a year to its beaches, temples and bars.

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