Brit gran loses Bali drugs appeal

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost her appeal against her death sentence in Bali for drug trafficking. She was convicted in January of smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine.

Calls for Govt to help Bali death sentence woman

A human rights charity has called for the Government to "step in" and help a British grandmother who lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into Bali.

This will be devastating for Lindsay and her family, following months of torment throughout the appeals process.

Without a lawyer to seek the new evidence needed for the Courts to re-review her sentence and prepare her clemency petition, Lindsay faces extremely difficult decisions.

We hope that the British government will step in to ensure that Lindsay is at least provided with a lawyer to help her avoid execution.

– Zoe Bedford, Casework lawyer at Reprieve

Foreign Office will 'consider how to support' Sandiford

The Foreign Office said it would "consider how to support any application for judicial review or clemency" that Lindsay Sandiford makes after she lost her appeal against a death sentence for drug trafficking.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford received the death sentence.
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford received the death sentence. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "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."

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Brit grandmother loses death sentence appeal

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

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

Lindsay Sandiford at a previous court hearing.
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford at a previous court hearing. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

The judges agreed with the decision taken by Bali's Denpasar district court, which sentenced Sandiford to death, and the island's high court, which rejected her first appeal.

Under Indonesian law, Sandiford still has the opportunity to seek a judicial review of her case before appealing for a presidential pardon.

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'Evidence to show Sandiford was threatened & coerced'

Human rights organisation Reprieve has previously said it believes there is evidence to show that Sandiford was threatened and coerced into acting as a courier.

Indonesia has an estimated 114 prisoners on death row. Most of the more than 40 foreigners among them have been convicted of drug crimes, according to a March 2012 report by Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Five foreigners have been executed since 1998, all for drug crimes, according to the institute. There have been no executions in the country since 2008, when 10 people were put to death.

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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