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British grandmother 'ready to die' by firing squad in Bali

In an interview through intermediaries with the Daily Mail British grandmother Lindsay Sandifordhas said that she is ready to die after being sentenced to firing squad for drug smuggling.

Lindsay Sandiford talks to an translator during her first trial in Denpasar Court, Denpasar, Bali. Credit: Johannes P. Christo/AAP/Press Association Images

Sandiford, who was arrested after a flight from Bangkok in May 2012, was convicted of smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine told the Daily Mail: "I would rather have the death sentence than a life sentence. I don’t want to get old and decrepit in here at least a bullet is quick.

"Sometimes I think, 'Let them get on with it.' I have had a lot of fun in my life. I’ve been to a lot of places, done a lot of things and I’ve met a lot of interesting people.

"I’ve got no regrets. I could be dying of cancer or something horrible and prolonged."

British grandmother Sandiford lost her appeal against her death sentence at the Bali High Court earlier this month.

The 56-year-old was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad.

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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.

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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

British grandmother loses Bali death penalty appeal

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.

Sandiford lawyer criticises 'fundamentally flawed' decision

The lawyer representing Lindsay Sandiford has said that she will be "devastated" by today's High Court loss against the government's refusal to fund her appeal against her death sentence.

Richard Stein from Leigh Day said:

Mrs Sandiford and her sister, both out in Bali, will be devastated by this decision. Whilst we have a judgment, we do not have the reasons for it.

We await these before being able to formulate an appeal to what we believe is a fundamentally flawed decision.

– Richard Stein, Leigh Day

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Sandiford's lawyers can still ask Court of Appeal to intervene

Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers still have the option open to ask the Court of Appeal to intervene in her case.

Aidan O'Neill QC told the court a competent lawyer had been found who was willing to waive fees and act pro bono, but required "operational costs", estimated at £2,500, to be met.

Dismissing Sandiford's case, Mrs Justice Gloster said: "We entirely understand the deep concerns of Mrs Sandiford and her family about Mrs Sandiford's predicament in Indonesia, but we must apply the law as we hold it to be."

Sandiford case dismissed, update on Monday

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost her High Court battle today over a government refusal to fund her appeal against a death sentence imposed by an Indonesian court, after she was found guilty of drug smuggling.

Mrs Justice Gloster said that the court understood "the deep concerns of Mrs Sandiford and her family about Mrs Sandiford's predicament", but her case was dismissed for reasons to be given on Monday.

Aidan O'Neill QC said Sandiford was urgently in need of funding because she does not have legal assistance and her family have exhausted all of their available resources.

FCO faces pressure to assist death sentence cases

13 British nationals have received death sentences in foreign countries and 51 more are potentially facing the same sentence, according to evidence submitted to the High Court by the FCO.

Aidan O'Neill QC said it was suggested that FCO assistance would "open the floodgates" and create several difficulties.

However, he suggested that the amount being sought to meet the costs of an Indonesian lawyer for Lindsay Sandiford was not a substantial amount of money.

Martin Chamberlain, appearing for the FCO, said it would be difficult to limit a strategy of providing assistance to death sentence cases.

He said there would be pressure to extend the scheme it to other human rights cases where the "human dignity" of other British nationals came under threat.

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