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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.

"Let them get on with it": Redcar woman facing death penalty in Bali

Lindsay Sandiford, from Redcar on Teesside, has spoken for the first time since losing her appeal against the death sentence for smuggling cocaine into Bali. In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, the 56 year old reveals that the prospect of a life sentence is daunting because of her ill health.

"I would rather have the death sentence than a life sentence. I don't want to get old and decrepit in least a bullet is quick.

I've got arthritis now. what will I be like in ten years' time when I can't walk? Sometimes I think 'Let them get on with it'. I've 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"

– Lindsay Sandiford, speaking to The Mail on Sunday

Mrs Sandiford claims she was forced into drug smuggling by a gang who'd threatened her adult children. Although she helped Bali police convict members of the gang, she was still sentenced to death; a ruling which her lawyers argue was unfair and unjust given her co-operation with Bali police.

However last Monday, her appeal against the death penalty failed. She now has just one final chance to appeal to the Supreme Court. After that, only the Indonesian President can grant her clemency. Mrs Sandiford says she initially decided against appealing her sentence but was persuaded by her son.

"The court is like a circus. It's ritual humiliation. I really did not want to appeal. I explained to my son and he said, 'Please mum don't do that'. After we talked he said 'I want you to appeal but I'll support you whatever you think is best'.

I can't sleep, I get flashbacks. I have anxiety and panic attacks and depression. I have good days and bad days. But I'm trying to find a way to deal with it and a way to deal with it is if you feel the pain you know you're still here"

– Lindsay Sandiford speaking to The Mail on Sunday

"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 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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