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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

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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.

Grandmother facing death penalty thanks those who helped her

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people who made donations together with the uplifting messages of support.

In my darkest hour, this was like a ray of sunshine. I was beginning to feel that my situation was unbearable. I felt totally stranded and alone.

The public's caring has shown just how wrong you can be. I am blessed to know my family loved me whatever. Just giving has shown me that you're never alone. People really do care when they know.

– Lindsay Sandiford

Lindsay Sandiford: Government are 'condoning the death penalty'

The Government has done very little to support me. The Foreign Office (FCO) has done even less.

There are, and will continue to be, British nationals facing execution without lawyers and because they can not raise their voices the Government is standing by refusing to assist with funding of lawyers for them.

This action is tantamount to condoning the death penalty. Just giving and the public have done what the British Government fight not to do at great public expense.

The Government and FCO are doing all they can to resist me at this difficult time."

– Lindsay Sandiford
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