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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."

– Hugo Swire, Foreign Office

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