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"At least a bullet is quick": Redcar woman's plea from Bali prison cell

Lindsay Sandiford, from Teesside, was sentenced to death for drug smuggling Credit: ITV News

Lindsay Sandiford, the woman from Redcar who faces a firing squad in Bali for drug smuggling, has declared that she'd prefer the death penalty rather than live through a life sentence.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Mrs Sandiford says she suffers from arthritis and fears that she'll be unable to walk in ten years' time, adding "Sometimes I think 'Let them get on with it'".

56 year old Lindsay Sandiford lost her appeal against the death sentence last Monday. Credit: ITV News

The 56 year old admitted smuggling £1.6 million pounds worth of cocaine into Bali last year. She was sentenced to death despite helping Bali police convict other members of the drugs ring. Her lawyers appealed against the sentence on the grounds that it was harsh and unjust.

However that appeal was rejected by the Bali High Court last Monday. Mrs Sandiford has two weeks to lodge another - and final - appeal to the Indonesian High Court. If that fails, then only the President can grant her clemency.

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Lindsay Sandiford loses her appeal against the death penalty in Bali

A woman from Redcar, Lindsay Sandiford, has lost her appeal against the death penalty for smuggling cocaine into Indonesia. Bali's High Court confirmed the original sentence of death by firing squad still stands.

The British Foreign Office had asked for the sentence to be withdrawn. Mrs Sandiford's only option now is to appeal to Indonesia's Supreme Court.

There is flash photography in Rachel Bullock's report below.

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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

Full Report: Government backs Lindsay Sandiford's appeal

The British Government is investigating allegations that a Teesside woman has suffered torture while in prison.

Lindsay Sandiford, who is originally from Redcar, is facing the death penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that it will raise concerns that she has been mistreated - and says it supports her appeal against the death sentence.

Watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.

Government investigating mistreatment of Lindsay Sandiford

The British Government is investigating allegations that a Teesside woman has suffered torture while in prison.

56-year-old Lindsey Sandiford is facing the death penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia and is currently in prison in Bali.

The Foreign Office has confirmed that it will raise concerns that she has been mistreated.

Government supports appeal of Teesside woman on death row

The British Government has supported a Redcar woman's appeal against the death penalty in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced last month, after being found guilty of smuggling cocaine into the resort of Bali. She submitted her appeal on 11th February.

That has now been backed by a document from the British Consulate in Bali, stressing that the UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances.

“The British Consulate in Bali accompanied by Lindsay Sandiford’s lawyer submitted on behalf of Her Majesty's Government an amicus brief to the Denpasar High Court. The amicus brief forms part of Lindsay Sandiford’s appeal against her death penalty sentence. It continues to be the long standing policy of the United Kingdom to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances and we will do all we can assist British Nationals facing the death penalty. “

– Spokesman for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office says it's taking 'extremely seriously' claims that Lindsay Sandiford has suffered mistreatment by the authorities in Indonesia.

It has raised the allegations with the Indonesian government.

“We take allegations of mistreatment extremely seriously and if any British national alleges mistreatment, we will, with their permission, raise it with the appropriate authorities. We have raised allegations of mistreatment related to the case of Lindsay Sandiford with the Indonesian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.”

– Spokesman for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Full Report: Lindsay Sandiford appeal

A grandmother from Redcar who is facing a firing squad in Indonesia has submitted an appeal against her sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford was found guilty last month of smuggling cocaine into the resort island of Bali.

Her new lawyer says that the death penalty was unfair because judges did not take her co-operation with the authorities into account.

Watch the full report from Ben Chapman below.

"Lindsay's acknowledged that she did her crime, but the punishment is not fair and not proportionate"

A woman from Redcar facing a firing squad in Indonesia has lodged an appeal against her death sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford was convicted last month of smuggling nearly five kilos of cocaine onto the island of Bali.

Judges refused to consider that she had helped the police to catch other members of the drugs gang when deciding her sentence.

Her new lawyer, who handed appeal papers to the court today, says that wasn't a fair decision.

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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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