The High Court has been told that the British Government should make an exception and pay for the final appeal of a woman from Redcar who faces the death penalty for smuggling drugs in Indonesia.
Lindsay Sandiford's lawyers claim that because the 56-year-old is pennliess, she cannot be expected to pay for an appeal which may save her from execution.
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