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Redcar woman to make final appeal against Indonesian death sentence

Lindsay Sandiford, the woman from Redcar who faces the firing squad for smuggling drugs into Bali, will make a final appeal against her death sentence at Indonesia's Supreme Court. It comes a day after the 56 year old lost her British court bid to force the foreign office into paying for her appeal.

Mrs Sandiford's lawyer has formally given notice of her intention to appeal the death penalty in Jakarta, however he is unable to formally lodge the case until the funds are available. Mrs Sandiford insists she cannot afford the £8,000 needed for her appeal.

The Supreme Court appeal is her final chance of avoiding execution. If it fails, she can seek a judicial review from the same court however after that, only the Indonesian President can overturn the sentence. Her case is being supported by the British charity Reprieve who today released a statement.

"Lindsay's lawyer has now given notice of her intention to appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court against her death sentence. However, after the British Government's refusal to help, she still lacks the funding she needs to ensure she has a lawyer for the appeal itself. She is now reliant on the genersity of members of the British public to ensure this can take place."

– Reprieve Spokesperson

Full Report: Lindsay Sandiford loses funding appeal

The High Court has been told that the British Government should make an exception and pay for the final appeal of a woman from Redcar who faces the death penalty for smuggling drugs in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers claim that because the 56-year-old is pennliess, she cannot be expected to pay for an appeal which may save her from execution.

Rachel Bullock's report contains flash photography - you can watch it in full below.


Lindsay Sandiford loses High Court appeal

British woman Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, has lost her appeal over a UK Government refusal to fund her legal challenge against a death sentence imposed by an Indonesian court for drug smuggling.

Her lawyers attempted to challenge a High Court ruling that the Government was not legally obliged to pay for "an adequate lawyer" to represent her.

But three senior judges headed by Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, dismissed her challenge in the Court of Appeal.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office refused to fund her case as a matter of Government policy.

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


Sandiford lawyers at Court of Appeal

Lindsay Sandiford Credit: PA

Lawyers for Redcar grandmother Lindsay Sandiford go to the Court of Appeal in London today.

They want to overturn the British Government's decision to refuse to fund her appeal against a death sentence on Bali.

She was sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling cocaine. She says she has run out of money, is desperate and has nowhere to turn.

Sandiford: "I'm desperate and don't know where to turn"

I am sitting in my death row cell here in Bali. Yes, I feel depressed. Yes, I know I have been stupid. Yes, I want to say sorry for what I have done - sorry to the British people for the shame I have caused and - more than anything - sorry to the people of Indonesia. And yes, I am totally humiliated. I don't have the money to pay a local lawyer. I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, it's not much money. The last appeal cost about £2,600. In the Supreme Court, it will be about £8,000. You might as well ask me to pay ten million dollars.

But I don't want to beg. I'll accept help, because I'm desperate and I don't know where to turn. I am unspeakably grateful, for example, to the man who does not know me, but has set up a site for me and raised over £2,500 towards the costs of my appeal. And I have been touched and humbled by the kindness of so many members of the British public, who have reached into their own pockets in difficult times to help me pay for a lawyer, when the government wouldn't help me

– Open letter from Lindsay Sandiford, published by Reprieve

Redcar grandmother facing the death penalty says she is 'desperate'

Lindsay Sandiford says she is desperate after running out of money to pay her legal bills Credit: PA

A grandmother from Redcar who's facing execution in Bali on drug charges, has spoken of her desperation after running out of money to pay legal fees.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January and lost her appeal at the high court. Her remaining option is the Indonesian Supreme Court, but she has no money for a lawyer. In an open letter published by human right's charity Reprieve she says she is desperate and doesn't know where to turn.

Redcar woman has 10 days to lodge final appeal against Bali death sentence

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine into Bali last year Credit: PA

Lindsay Sandiford from Redcar on Teesside has until a week on Thursday to lodge a second - and final - appeal against her death sentence for drug smuggling. The 56 year old was given the penalty after she was found with £1.6 million pounds worth of cocaine in her suitcase at Bali airport last year.

Despite the prosecution not seeking the death penalty, it was handed down by Judges in a ruling which Mrs Sandiford's lawyers condemned as 'unfair and unjust'. However their appeal against the penalty was rejected by the Bali high court last Monday.

Her legal team now have until a week on Thursday to lodge a final appeal to the Supreme Court. Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Mrs Sandiford has revealed that this final appeal will cost £8,000. A sum which which her family, who live in Cheltenham, are now trying to raise.

Lindsay Sandiford in court as she was sentenced to death in January Credit: ITV News

Mrs Sandiford's death sentence has been widely condemned as harsh and unfair. The British Government's attempts to intervene in the case have so far failed however diplomatic efforts are ongoing.

The 56 year old now fears that the Indonesian Courts are reluctant to overturn the original sentence in a case which has become a high profile example to international drug smugglers.

If Mrs Sandiford's appeal to the Supreme Court fails, then only the indonesian President can save her from the firing squad.

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