Grandmother in Bali prison loses court funding battle

Grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who is on death row in Indonesia for trafficking drugs to Bali, has lost her latest battle at the UK's highest court to get funding from the British Government to fight her case. Sandiford, 57, from Cheltenham, Gloucester, was sentenced to death by firing squad after being arrested in May 2012 for smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine worth £1.6 million from Bangkok.

Grandmother on death row 'remains in jeopardy'

The Supreme Court has said Lindsay Sandiford, the grandmother on death row in Bali, "remains in jeopardy" and is in "urgent need of legal help".

Lindsay Sandiford during her first trial
Lindsay Sandiford during her first trial Credit: Reuters

The 57-year-old from Cheltenham has lost a battle at the UK's highest court over the lawfulness of a Government policy not to provide funding for legal representation to Britons facing capital charges abroad.

Five Supreme Court justices in London unanimously dismissed a challenge by Sandiford, who was convicted last year of trafficking drugs into Bali and sentenced to death by firing squad.

The Supreme Court called on the Government to carry out an urgent review of whether funding for legal representation can be given in the case.

Grandmother in Bali prison loses court funding battle

Lindsay Sandiford will be sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali.
Lindsay Sandiford will be sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali. Credit: PA

Grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who is on death row in Indonesia for trafficking drugs to Bali, has lost her latest battle at the UK's highest court to get funding to fight her case.

Sandiford, 57, from Cheltenham, Gloucester, was sentenced to death by firing squad after being arrested in May 2012 for smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine worth £1.6 million from Bangkok.

She claimed she was forced to transport the drugs to protect her children, whose safety was at stake.

An appeal against her sentence was rejected but she is continuing to fight her case.

However, she is currently without legal representation and tried to challenge the lawfulness of a Government policy not to provide funding for Britons facing capital charges abroad.

But today five judges in the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed her case ruling the policy was lawful even in death penalty cases.

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