Death row grandma ready to die

In an interview through intermediaries with the Daily Mail British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has said that she is ready to die after being sentenced to firing squad for drug smuggling.

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British grandmother 'ready to die' by firing squad in Bali

In an interview through intermediaries with the Daily Mail British grandmother Lindsay Sandifordhas said that she is ready to die after being sentenced to firing squad for drug smuggling.

Lindsay June Sandiford talks to an translator during her first trial in Denpasar Court, Denpasar, Bali.
Lindsay Sandiford talks to an translator during her first trial in Denpasar Court, Denpasar, Bali. Credit: Johannes P. Christo/AAP/Press Association Images

Sandiford, who was arrested after a flight from Bangkok in May 2012, was convicted of smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine told the Daily Mail: "I would rather have the death sentence than a life sentence. I don’t want to get old and decrepit in here at least a bullet is quick.

"Sometimes I think, 'Let them get on with it.' I have had a lot of fun in my life. I’ve been to a lot of places, done a lot of things and I’ve met a lot of interesting people.

"I’ve got no regrets. I could be dying of cancer or something horrible and prolonged."

British grandmother Sandiford lost her appeal against her death sentence at the Bali High Court earlier this month.

The 56-year-old was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad.

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Gloucestershire grandmother faces execution in Bali

Lindsay Sandiford was found with cocaine worth an estimated £1.7 million Credit: PA

A grandmother from Gloucestershire sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling cocaine into Bali has lost her High Court battle.

Two judges in London refused to declare unlawful the Government's refusal to pay for "an adequate lawyer" to represent the 56 year old from Cheltenham.

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UK legal challenge over death penalty Briton in Bali

The Government is to be challenged over its failure to fund legal representation for a British woman sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Bali, a law firm has said.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was given the death penalty by a court last week for taking 10.6lb (4.8kg) of cocaine on to the island.

Lindsay Sandiford pictured with her translator, listens to the judge during a her trial Credit: : Reuters

Ms Sandford has seven days to launch an appeal, but has no legal representation.

Law firm Leigh Day said it is seeking a judicial review of the Government's decision not to pay the £2,500 legal expenses needed.

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FCO: Legal representation not provided for British nationals overseas

Surprise death sentence for British woman in Indonesia

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Lindsay Sandiford 'clearly not a drug kingpin'

She is clearly not a drug kingpin - she has no money to pay for a lawyer, for the travel costs of defence witnesses or even for essentials like food and water.

She has co-operated fully with the Indonesian authorities but has been sentenced to death while the gang operating in the UK, Thailand and Indonesia remain free to target other vulnerable people.

Lindsay must file an appeal within the next 14 days and it is vital that the British Government do everything possible to support Lindsay's appeal against the death sentence.

– Reprieve, Human rights charity
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