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Plea over Bali death penalty

The Government is to be challenged over its failure to fund legal representation for a woman, originally from Redcar, who has been sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Indonesia,

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Statement from Foreign Office on representation of Lindsay Sandiford

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement about the representation of Lindsay Sandiford, a grandmother from Teesside, who is facing the death penalty in Bali.

The Government is to be challenged over its failure to fund legal representation for the 56-year-old.

She has seven days to launch an appeal, but currently has no legal representation.

"We strongly object to the death penalty and continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time.

We have made repeated representations to the Indonesia authorities and the Foreign Secretary raised Lindsay Sandiford's case with Dr RM Marty Natalegawa, Indonesian Foreign Minister, during the recent November State Visit of the Indonesian President.

– A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman

"We understand that, under Indonesian law, Lindsay has at least two further avenues of appeal through the courts as well as an opportunity to apply for presidential clemency should these be unsuccessful.

HMG does not provide legal representation for British nationals overseas.

However, we assist British nationals in identifying potential legal representation, including by working closely with NGOs.

We will continue to raise this case on diplomatic channels."

– A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman

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