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FCO 'closely following developments in Indonesia'

"We are closely following Lindsay Sandiford’s case in Indonesia. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to Ms Sandiford and her family at this difficult time, if it is requested."

"It is the long-standing policy of the UK to oppose the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. We believe it undermines human dignity, there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.

"We are closely following the developments in Indonesia. We have repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter and we will continue to do so. We cannot comment in detail on individual cases."

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson


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.

Full Report: Woman speaks of Bali drugs ordeal

Teesside Grandmother Lindsay Sandiford remains in a notorious jail in Bali as she faces the death penalty on cocaine charges.

The British woman she claims to have been working for has given her first television interview today after being released from prison there.

39-year-old Rachel Dougall is now back in the UK and insists she has no involvement in the drugs trade.

She says she was beaten up by other prisoners though, because they blame Dougall, and think Sandiford is being treated unfairly.

Gregg Easteal has the full report below.

Lindsay Sandiford accuses government of condoning death penalty

Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death sentence in Indonesia

A woman from Teesside who is facing the death penalty in Indonesia has criticised the British government from her prison cell.

Lindsay Sandiford, who's originally from Redcar, says not enough has been done to help her.

She's accused of being at the centre of a drug smuggling ring and is in prison in Bali. Ms Sandiford claims the government's action is 'tantamount to condoning the death penalty'. The deadline for lodging the latest stage of her appeal against the death sentence is early next week.


Lindsay Sandiford 'incredibly grateful' for donations funding final appeal

The charity Reprieve have tweeted that a Redcar grandmother, whose final appeal will be paid for using donations from the public, is "incredibly grateful."

Lindsay Sandiford is facing death by firing squad for taking £1.6 million of cocaine into Bali.

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Full Report: Enough raised for Sandiford to make final appeal against death sentence

A charity fundraising site has raised the £8,000 needed by a woman from Redcar who is on death row in Indonesia. Lindsay Sandiford needs the money to make a final appeal against the death sentence for drug smuggling.

It comes after the British courts threw out Mrs Sandiford's bid to force the government to pay for her case on the grounds that she is now penniless.

There is flash photography in this report.

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.

Foreign Office concerned over Lindsay Sandiford's fate

A Foreign Office minister said today that the Government remained "deeply concerned" about the fate of British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who faces the death penalty in Indonesia, but warned her legal bills would not be covered by the Government.

Hugo Swire said British diplomats had worked closely with Sandiford's legal team but speaking at Foreign Office questions in the Commons, he rejected a plea from her former MP Martin Horwood for financial aid.

Sandiford was sentenced to death by firing squad by a court in Bali for taking £1.6 million of cocaine on to the island.

Earlier this month Sandiford, originally from Redcar, lost the first appeal to the Bali High Court but is expected to take her case to Indonesia's Supreme Court.

We continue to be deeply concerned for both Lindsay Sandiford and Gareth Cashmore who have been sentenced to death for drug taking offences.

"We are seeking reassurances Indonesia will not seek to carry out the death penalty in both cases."

– Hugo Swire, Foreign Office

"I thank the Foreign Office for the support they have given to my former constituent Lindsay Sandiford.

"But given the concerns about the adequacy of translation in the initial trial and the adequacy of legal representation going forward to the Supreme Court stage, will the Foreign Office re-consider its position and follow Indonesia's own example which provides support for translation costs and legal costs for its nationals facing the death penalty abroad?

"Will it actually support Lindsay Sandiford through that process even though it is not legally obliged to do so?"

– Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham

"You are right to raise the concern but it is true to say the Government does not pay for legal representation for British nationals overseas.

"We have been working extremely closely with Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers and in identifying a lawyer for her.

"We are prepared to assist her with anything beyond actually having to meet some of these bills, which we just simply don't do."

– Hugo Swire, Foreign Office
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