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Temporary reprieve from execution for Lindsay Sandiford

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in 2013 after being found guilty of smuggling over £1 million worth of cocaine into Indonesia. Credit: PA

A grandmother from Cheltenham has been granted a reprieve from execution by an Indonesian firing squad, after the country announced a temporary halt in its use of the death sentence.

59-year-old Lindsay Sandiford is due to be executed after she was convicted of trying to smuggle 3.8kg of cocaine into Bali in 2012.

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan told a new conference the country would temporarily stop all executions.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. This year it has executed 14 people by firing squad.


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MP pledges to fight grandmother's death sentence

The MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has pledged to fight the death penalty imposed on former Cheltenham resident, Lindsay Sandiford, in the light of her failure to win her appeal at the Indonesian Supreme Court.

  • He is working with the charity Reprieve supporting Mrs Sandiford in Indonesia
  • He plans to meet with the Foreign Office to discuss how to get her legal advice to help find evidence that could mean a Judicial Review
  • He will request another meeting with the Indonesian Ambassador to discuss her sentence

Foreign Office will 'consider' support for Sandiford

The Foreign Office will "consider how to support any application for judicial review or clemency" for a Cheltenham grandmother who lost her appeal against the death penalty for drug trafficking in Indonesia.

We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford's appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court has been denied.

We will continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time.

– Foreign office


Cheltenham grandmother loses death appeal

A spokesman for the Supreme Court in Jakarta has confirmed a British grandmother from Cheltenham has lost her appeal against a death sentence for drugs trafficking in Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford's appeal was unanimously rejected by a three-judge panel at the court, Ridwan Mansur said.

Under Indonesian law, Sandiford can still look for a judicial review of her case before appealing for a presidential pardon.

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Lindsay Sandiford appeal decision due 'within 96 days'

Human rights campaigners expect Indonesia's Supreme Court to make a decision in Lindsay Sandiford's case "within 96 days" from her lodging an appeal today.

Zoe Bedford, from legal charity Reprieve, said:

Lindsay remains extremely grateful to the generosity of the public in raising the funds to allow her to file this appeal.

We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will take into consideration the compelling mitigating evidence in Lindsay's case and award her a sentence that is proportionate both to the offence and to her role in it.

In particular, it is hoped that the judges will give due consideration to Lindsay's cooperation with the authorities which led to the arrest and prosecution of more senior syndicate members, and take into account the need to encourage others to cooperate in the future.

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Next steps in Lindsay Sandiford's death penalty fight

Lindsay Sandiford was arrested last year for trying to smuggle cocaine. Credit: Johannes P. Christo/AAP

Lindsay Sandiford could seek a judicial review if Indonesia's Supreme Court rejects her latest death penalty appeal, human rights campaigners have said.

However, such a move would largely depend on whether new evidence had come to light, they added.

After that, her final resort would be to seek a reprieve granted by the country's president.

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Lindsay Sandiford launches fresh death penalty appeal

The grandmother, from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, claims she was forced to transport the drugs to protect her children. Credit: REUTERS

A British grandmother who has been sentenced to death by firing squad for drug smuggling in Bali has lodged an appeal at Indonesia's Supreme Court, pressure group Reprieve has said.

It is Lindsay Sandiford's second bid to overturn her death penalty after she lost her first appeal at the Bali High Court last month.

Balinese police claim the 56-year-old was at the centre of a drugs-importing ring after bringing £1.6 million of cocaine into the country. She denies the allegations.

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