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. “
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.”
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Sandiford, a former legal secretary originally from Redcar, was convicted of drug smuggling offences and sentenced to death in 2013.
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