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UK High Court judges upheld refusal to fund Sandiford

UK High Court judges upheld the Government refusal to fund Lindsay Sandiford at the end of January, despite pleas that she was urgently in need of money and her family had exhausted all their available resources.

Despite prosecutors asking for a 15-year jail term, Sandiford was given the death sentence, after being accused of damaging the image of Bali The British Government said it was disappointed when she lost her bid to block the sentence.

UK High Court judges upheld the Government refusal to fund Lindsay Sandiford, despite pleas that she was urgently in need of money Credit: Reuters

Balinese police said Sandiford was at the centre of a drugs-importing ring involving three other Britons, but she claimed she was forced to transport the drugs to protect her children whose safety was at stake.

Today Sandiford's lawyers will go to the Court of Appeal today in London over a UK Government refusal to fund her appeal.

Death row grandmother 'running out of time'

A grandmother from Cheltenham, who's facing execution in Bali, has told how she is "desperate" after running out of money to pay a lawyer for her appeal in just over two weeks.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death on drug charges by a Bali court on 22 January this year.

In an open letter published by human rights charity Reprieve today, she said:

"I am sitting in my death row cell here in Bali. Yes, I feel depressed. Yes, I know I have been stupid. Yes, I want to say sorry for what I have done - sorry to the British people for the shame I have caused and - more than anything - sorry to the people of Indonesia. And yes, I am totally humiliated.

"I don't want to beg. I'll accept help, because I'm desperate and I don't know where to turn.

"I don't have the money to pay a local lawyer, again. I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, it's not very much money. The last appeal cost about £2,600. This time, in the Supreme Court, it will be about £8,000.

"If I really were a rich drug dealer, it would be no big deal. But I'm not, and you might as well ask me to pay ten million dollars."

Tomorrow Ms Sandiford's lawyers will go to the English Court of Appeal to appeal against the FCO's decision not to help fund her lawyer.

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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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Govt ‘disappointed’ at failed Bali death sentence appeal

The government has expressed disappointment that British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost her appeal against her death sentence in Bali for drug trafficking.

We are disappointed to hear that Lindsay Sandiford's appeal has been refused by the High Court in Bail.

The UK strongly opposes the death penalty and has repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter.

We will continue to provide consular assistance at this difficult time.

– Foreign Office spokesman

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British grandmother loses Bali death penalty appeal

Lindsay Sandiford
Sandiford is originally from Redcar in Teesside. Credit: Reuters

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost her appeal against her death sentence in Bali for drug trafficking.

The 56-year-old was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad. The Bali High Court has rejected an appeal.

Sandiford, who was arrested after a flight from Bangkok in May 2012, was convicted of smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine.

She was accused of being at the centre of a drugs ring involving three other men.

She says she was coerced into smuggling the cocaine.

Read: Brit facing firing squad appeals

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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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Sandiford's lawyers can still ask Court of Appeal to intervene

Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers still have the option open to ask the Court of Appeal to intervene in her case.

Aidan O'Neill QC told the court a competent lawyer had been found who was willing to waive fees and act pro bono, but required "operational costs", estimated at £2,500, to be met.

Dismissing Sandiford's case, Mrs Justice Gloster said: "We entirely understand the deep concerns of Mrs Sandiford and her family about Mrs Sandiford's predicament in Indonesia, but we must apply the law as we hold it to be."

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QC: Lindsay Sandiford's 'fundamental rights' breached

The Government has been accused of breaching the "fundamental rights" of a British woman sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling by refusing to pay for legal representation.

Two judges at London's High Court are being asked to rule that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's failure to arrange "an adequate lawyer" for Lindsay Sandiford is unlawful.

Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death in Bali for drug smuggling
Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death in Bali for drug smuggling. Credit: Reuters

Aidan O'Neill QC said Sandiford was urgently in need of funding because she is currently without legal assistance and her family have exhausted all of their available resources.

Mr O'Neill said there was "no prospect" that competent counsel would be appointed to represent Sandiford on appeal without the Government providing some funding.

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Sandiford Lawyer: Government has human rights 'duty'

The Government has a duty to ensure that the human rights of British citizens are protected and that those sentenced to death, or suspected of or charged with a crime for which capital punishment may be imposed, have adequate legal assistance at all stages of the proceedings.

"This judicial review will challenge the Government's refusal to fund the £2,500 in expenses it would cost for a qualified Indonesian lawyer to represent Lindsay in her appeal against execution by firing squad which will take place on the beach in Bali if the Government do not act."

– Richard Stein, Leigh Day law firm
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