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Archbishop of Canterbury support for death row gran

Lindsay Sandiford

The Archbishop of Canterbury has sent a message of support to Lindsay Sandiford, the Teesside-born grandmother who is awaiting execution in Bali.

She has been convicted of drugs smuggling.

A letter to Ms Sandiford from the Archbishop's chief of staff, Kay Brock, has been posted on the Facebook page of a campaign group.

In it Mrs Brock says that the Archbishop opposes the death penalty.

It also says that, at his request, she has been in touch with the Embassy in Jakarta to ask for their support.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office unable to support Lindsay Sandiford

Supporters of Lindsay Sandiford have appealed for help after she was refused legal funding by the UK Government.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

It has been the policy of successive governments not to fund legal assistance for British nationals abroad. The FCO receives numerous requests for help with legal bills for othercases and cannot provide funding because of the costs and complexitiesinvolved. The UK Supreme Court upheld this policy.

– FCO

A spokeswoman added:

Lindsay Sandiford is currently refusing consular assistance but we stand ready to visit her in prison if she changes her mind. It is the long-standing policy of the UK to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. We have made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter repeatedly and at the highest levels, and will continue to do so.

– FCO Spokesperson

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Lindsay Sandiford drugs appeal case "strong", says lawyer

A grandmother from Redcar facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia has six months to lodge a final appeal, which will be “her last hope”, her lawyer has said.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Bali in January 2013 for trafficking £1.6 million worth of drugs. The 58-year-old who admitted the offences but claimed that she was coerced by threats to her son’s life, has already seen an appeal fail.

Her legal team are now preparing a fresh attempt to overturn the sentence.

Lawyer Craig Tuck said:

The situation at the moment is that we have a six-month window to file the appeal. Had she fired the appeal earlier it is likely she would have been executed in the previous round of executions. Her last hope is this appeal.

– Craig Tuck, lawyer

Mr Tuck has travelled to Britain to obtain material and consult experts.

“What needs to happen now is that we file the appeal when we are ready. The timing is critical. We want all the information prepared and ready for the court."

He said there is a "great deal of information" that can be put before the Indonesian Supreme Court.

I've been taking detailed instructions from her in relation to the coercion element, more information about the trans-national cartel of one of the Bali drug lords that was operating with her, or against her,and the degree of exploitation.

– Craig Tuck, lawyer

Asked how confident he was, the lawyer said: "This appeal has one of the strongest grounds that I have seen in decades. From start to finish the trial process and appeal process was a train wreck to some extent.

"I think she is going to get a fair deal from the Indonesian Supreme Court."

Last month eight convicted drug smugglers, including two Australians, were executed.

Sandiford, who is originally from Redcar, Teesside has said she is now the only death row prisoner left in Kerobokan prison and theIndonesian authorities want all executions for drug offences done by the end of the year.

Writing earlier this month, she said she has started writing goodbye letters to her family.

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

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Drugs smuggler 'weeks from death by firing squad'

A British woman convicted of smuggling drugs onto the Indonesian island of Bali may only be weeks away from facing the firing squad, according to reports.

Lindsay Sandiford, 58, was convicted in December 2012 Credit: PA

Lindsay Sandiford, who is originally from Redcar, was given a death sentence after she was found smuggling cocaine worth £1.6m from Thailand.

A Sunday newspaper quotes her sister, Hilary Parsons, who said Sandiford is due to sign an official warrant formally confirming her death sentence tomorrow (Monday, 26th January). It could mean her death is imminent.

Indonesia's new President, Joko Widodo, is known to have a firm stance on foreign drug smugglers. In the last week, five other foreigners and an Indonesian national have been executed by firing squad.

Boris Johnson meets the Indonesian President Joko Widodo in November 2014 Credit: PA

Sandiford loses death row funding battle

Lindsay Sandiford at a court hearing in Indonesia Credit: PA

A Teesside grandmother on death row in Indonesia has lost her appeal over over funding for legal representation.

Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was last year convicted of drug trafficking on the resort island of Bali and sentenced to death by firing squad.

Her QC Aidan O'Neill said previously that Sandiford had been able to fund her legal fight against the death sentence through the "kindness of strangers", but had "no access to any further private funding".

Sandiford took her plight to the Court of Appeal in April last year but three leading judges ruled that the UK Government's policy to not provide funding for legal representation for Britons facing capital charges abroad was not unlawful.

The case was then referred to the Supreme Court in London today but five justices unanimously dismissed Ms Sandiford's challenge. However, the court highlighted that she remains in "jeopardy".

'Reserved judgement' in Sandiford Bali death penalty appeal

The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in a challenge over funding for legal representation for a Redcar woman on death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

Lindsay Sandiford, 57, was convicted of trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali last year. She has appealed to the UK's highest court against a Government policy to not provide funding for legal representation to Britons facing capital charges abroad.

Ms Sandiford's QC Aidan O'Neill told five Supreme Court justices in London that she is "effectively without legal representation" in her case and has "no access to any further private funding".

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