British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford 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.
Lawyers for British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford today launched an urgent new legal challenge over a UK Government refusal to fund her appeal against a death sentence imposed by an Indonesian court after she was found guilty of drug smuggling.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office refused as a matter of Government policy a request to pay for "an adequate lawyer" to represent Sandiford, 56, from Cheltenham, at the Bali High Court appeal.
She was sentenced to death by firing squad by a court in Bali for taking #1.6 million of cocaine on to the island.
In January, the UK High Court upheld the Government's stance of not providing legal funding for British nationals arrested abroad, even in exceptional circumstances.
After the High Court gave its decision, Sandiford received a private donation of over #2,500 that enabled her to be represented by an Indonesian lawyer at the subsequent Bali appeal.
Having lost that first appeal, she is now in a race against time to raise money to take her case to Indonesia's Supreme Court in Jakarta.
Three judges in the UK Court of Appeal are being asked to overturn the High Court decision on funding.
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.
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.
– Open letter from Lindsay Sandiford, published by Reprieve
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 JustGiving.com 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
– Lindsay Sandiford, speaking to The Mail on Sunday
"I would rather have the death sentence than a life sentence. I don't want to get old and decrepit in here....at 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"
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.
– Lindsay Sandiford speaking to The Mail on Sunday
"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, 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'".
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.
Police in Redcar & Cleveland are appealing for people to hand in knives that could be used as weapons in the run-up to Christmas.
They're holding a 5-week amnesty, and say people will be able to hand in knives without fear of punishment by placing them in special bins throughout the area.
They will be set up at police offices in Redcar, South Bank, Guisborough and Eston, and will be available until 31st December.
Chief Inspector Tariq Ali, Head of Neighbourhood Policing in the area said: "We have run similar amnesties in the past very successfully. However, there is always someone out there who, for whatever reason will have a knife in their possession. So now is the time to do something about it."
Police in Redcar and Cleveland are running a five week long knife amnesty throughout December to encourage people to get rid of knives that could potentially be used as weapons.
Officers believe that the knife amnesty offers people the chance to get rid of weapons without fear of being punished by police.
Bins will be set up in the following areas from November 26th until December 31st:
- Redcar Town Police Office
- South Bank Police Office
- Guisborough Police Office
- Eston Police Office
– Chief Inspector Tariq Ali, Head of Neighbourhood Policing
“We have run similar amnesties in the past very successfully.
However, there is always someone out there who, for whatever reason will have a knife in their possession.
So now is the time to do something about it.
The bins are accessible to members of the public who can come along and dispose of the items without any redress.”