Live updates

British gran one of four Brits jailed over Bali drugs

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January.
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking in January.

Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years for possessing drugs.
Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years for possessing drugs. Credit: ITV News

Sandiford's alleged accomplice, Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years in Bali after being cleared of drugs smuggling but convicted of possessing drugs. He remains in jail.

Read: Bali drugs Brit jailed for six years

Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December.
Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December. Credit: Reuters

His partner, Rachel Dougall, also from Brighton, received a one-year jail term and has now returned to the UK after serving her sentence.

Paul Beales was a long-time Bali resident.
Paul Beales was a long-time Bali resident. Credit: ITV News

Paul Beales, a long-time Bali resident, was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of hashish. He remains in jail.

British woman 'loses appeal against death sentence'

The Foreign Office is seeking confirmation that a British grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali.

We are aware of unconfirmed reports that the decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court has been announced. We are seeking confirmation of the decision from the Indonesian Supreme Court.

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

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman


Tyne Tees

Lindsay Sandiford loses second appeal

A woman from Teesside appears to have lost her second, and possibly final, appeal against a death sentence in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling in January.

The 57-year-old from Redcar had been arrested at Bali Airport after drugs were found in her luggage.

Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia Credit: ITV News

The Foreign Office has told ITV News that they are checking reports that her final appeal has been rejected,

If this is the case, her last hope would be a presidential reprieve.

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.

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.


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.


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
Tyne Tees

More than £8000 raised for Lindsay Sandiford's appeal

Donations through the charity site Just Giving have raised over £8000 to help pay for Redcar grandmother Lindsay Sandiford's appeal against her death sentence in Bali.

The 56-year-old lost her appeal over a UK Government refusal to fund her legal challenge yesterday.

She had previously said that she did not have the £8000 figure needed to pay for a final appeal against her death sentence by firing squad.

The charity Reprieve, who have been campaigning for support for Lindsay Sandiford, have confirmed that the money donated through Just Giving will be used, through them, to fund her upcoming appeal at Indonesia's Supreme Court.

Load more updates


Today's top stories