Full Report: Enough raised for Sandiford to make final appeal against death sentence
by Rachel Sweeney
A charity fundraising site has raised the £8,000 needed by a woman from Redcar who is on death row in Indonesia. Lindsay Sandiford needs the money to make a final appeal against the death sentence for drug smuggling.
It comes after the British courts threw out Mrs Sandiford's bid to force the government to pay for her case on the grounds that she is now penniless.
More than £8000 raised for Lindsay Sandiford's appeal
Donations through the charity site Just Giving have raised over £8000 to help pay for Redcar grandmother Lindsay Sandiford's appeal against her death sentence in Bali.
The 56-year-old lost her appeal over a UK Government refusal to fund her legal challenge yesterday.
She had previously said that she did not have the £8000 figure needed to pay for a final appeal against her death sentence by firing squad.
The charity Reprieve, who have been campaigning for support for Lindsay Sandiford, have confirmed that the money donated through Just Giving will be used, through them, to fund her upcoming appeal at Indonesia's Supreme Court.
Foreign Office concerned over Lindsay Sandiford's fate
A Foreign Office minister said today that the Government remained "deeply concerned" about the fate of British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who faces the death penalty in Indonesia, but warned her legal bills would not be covered by the Government.
Hugo Swire said British diplomats had worked closely with Sandiford's legal team but speaking at Foreign Office questions in the Commons, he rejected a plea from her former MP Martin Horwood for financial aid.
Sandiford was sentenced to death by firing squad by a court in Bali for taking £1.6 million of cocaine on to the island.
Earlier this month Sandiford, originally from Redcar, lost the first appeal to the Bali High Court but is expected to take her case to Indonesia's Supreme Court.
We continue to be deeply concerned for both Lindsay Sandiford and Gareth Cashmore who have been sentenced to death for drug taking offences.
"We are seeking reassurances Indonesia will not seek to carry out the death penalty in both cases."
– Hugo Swire, Foreign Office
"I thank the Foreign Office for the support they have given to my former constituent Lindsay Sandiford.
"But given the concerns about the adequacy of translation in the initial trial and the adequacy of legal representation going forward to the Supreme Court stage, will the Foreign Office re-consider its position and follow Indonesia's own example which provides support for translation costs and legal costs for its nationals facing the death penalty abroad?
"Will it actually support Lindsay Sandiford through that process even though it is not legally obliged to do so?"
– Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham
"You are right to raise the concern but it is true to say the Government does not pay for legal representation for British nationals overseas.
"We have been working extremely closely with Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers and in identifying a lawyer for her.
"We are prepared to assist her with anything beyond actually having to meet some of these bills, which we just simply don't do."
A Redcar woman on death row in Bali for smuggling drugs will challenge the sentence imposed by an Indonesian court.
Lawyers say 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford has given notice of her intention to appeal against the sentence at the country's highest court.
She lost her appeal over the UK Government's refusal to fund her legal bid.
A spokesman for law firm Leigh Day, which is representing Sandiford, said: "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 generosity of members of the British public to ensure this can take place."
The notification to appeal was lodged in Denpasar, Bali's capital. Full documentation outlining the grounds of the appeal must be submitted to the Supreme Court within 14 days.
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."
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.