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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

Full Report: Latest on Lindsay Sandiford

Supporters of a woman from Redcar who has been to sentenced to death in Indonesia have failed in their bid to get the Government to fund her appeal.

Lindsay Sandiford was found guilty of smuggling cocaine into Bali, but her family have no money for a lawyer to appeal her death sentence.

Bob Constantine reported from the High Court earlier.

You can watch his full report below.

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Sandiford's lawyers can still ask Court of Appeal to intervene

Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers still have the option open to ask the Court of Appeal to intervene in her case.

Aidan O'Neill QC told the court a competent lawyer had been found who was willing to waive fees and act pro bono, but required "operational costs", estimated at £2,500, to be met.

Dismissing Sandiford's case, Mrs Justice Gloster said: "We entirely understand the deep concerns of Mrs Sandiford and her family about Mrs Sandiford's predicament in Indonesia, but we must apply the law as we hold it to be."

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QC: Lindsay Sandiford's 'fundamental rights' breached

The Government has been accused of breaching the "fundamental rights" of a British woman sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling by refusing to pay for legal representation.

Two judges at London's High Court are being asked to rule that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's failure to arrange "an adequate lawyer" for Lindsay Sandiford is unlawful.

Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death in Bali for drug smuggling
Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death in Bali for drug smuggling. Credit: Reuters

Aidan O'Neill QC said Sandiford was urgently in need of funding because she is currently without legal assistance and her family have exhausted all of their available resources.

Mr O'Neill said there was "no prospect" that competent counsel would be appointed to represent Sandiford on appeal without the Government providing some funding.

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Government accused of breaching Lindsay Sandiford's "fundamental rights"

The Government has been accused of breaching the "fundamental rights" of a grandmother, originally from Teesside, sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling by refusing to pay for legal representation as she battles for her life.

Two judges at the High Court are being asked to rule that the Foreign Office's failure to arrange "an adequate lawyer" for Lindsay Sandiford is unlawful.

The 56-year-old, originally from Redcar, was given the death penalty by a court in Bali last week for taking 10.6lb of cocaine on to the island.

She was accused by the court of damaging the image of Bali and received the sentence despite prosecutors only asking for a 15-year jail term.

Aidan O'Neill QC said she was urgently in need of funding as she is currently without legal assistance and her family have exhausted all available resources.

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Sandiford Lawyer: Government has human rights 'duty'

The Government has a duty to ensure that the human rights of British citizens are protected and that those sentenced to death, or suspected of or charged with a crime for which capital punishment may be imposed, have adequate legal assistance at all stages of the proceedings.

"This judicial review will challenge the Government's refusal to fund the £2,500 in expenses it would cost for a qualified Indonesian lawyer to represent Lindsay in her appeal against execution by firing squad which will take place on the beach in Bali if the Government do not act."

– Richard Stein, Leigh Day law firm
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