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Grandmother death penalty

A grandmother from Cheltenham who is facing the death penalty in Bali after being convicted of drug smuggling says she feels let down by the British government.

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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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