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Death row grandmother 'loses' second appeal

Lindsay Sandiford from Cheltenham is facing the death penalty in Indonesia Credit: ITV News

A grandmother from Gloucestershire appears to have lost her second, and possibly final, appeal against a death sentence in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling in January.

The 57-year-old from Cheltenham had been arrested at Bali Airport in May last year after drugs were found in her luggage. She has always claimed that she was forced to carry them because of threats to her children.

The Foreign Office has told ITV News that they are checking reports that her final appeal has been rejected.

If this is the case, her last hope would be a presidential reprieve.

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British woman 'loses appeal against death sentence'

The Foreign Office is seeking confirmation that a British grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali.

We are aware of unconfirmed reports that the decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court has been announced. We are seeking confirmation of the decision from the Indonesian Supreme Court.

We will continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman


Lindsay Sandiford to launch fresh appeal

Lindsay Sandiford faces the death penalty if her appeal is thrown out Credit: PA

A grandmother from Cheltenham who is on death row in Bali is expected to launch a fresh appeal against her sentence today.

Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling.

She's said to have tried to smuggle one-point-six million pounds wotrth of cocaine into the country in May last year. She says the British government has let her down after a failed bid to get her legal case funded.

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Lindsay Sandiford challenges death sentence

Lindsay Sandiford at a court hearing in Indonesia Credit: PA

A Redcar woman on death row in Bali for smuggling drugs will challenge the sentence imposed by an Indonesian court.

Lawyers say 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford has given notice of her intention to appeal against the sentence at the country's highest court.

She lost her appeal over the UK Government's refusal to fund her legal bid.

A spokesman for law firm Leigh Day, which is representing Sandiford, said: "Lindsay's lawyer has now given notice of her intention to appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court against her death sentence.

"However, after the British Government's refusal to help, she still lacks the funding she needs to ensure she has a lawyer for the appeal itself. She is now reliant on the generosity of members of the British public to ensure this can take place."

The notification to appeal was lodged in Denpasar, Bali's capital. Full documentation outlining the grounds of the appeal must be submitted to the Supreme Court within 14 days.

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Death row grandmother 'running out of time'

A grandmother from Cheltenham, who's facing execution in Bali, has told how she is "desperate" after running out of money to pay a lawyer for her appeal in just over two weeks.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death on drug charges by a Bali court on 22 January this year.

In an open letter published by human rights charity Reprieve today, she said:

"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 want to beg. I'll accept help, because I'm desperate and I don't know where to turn.

"I don't have the money to pay a local lawyer, again. I suppose, in the grand scheme of things, it's not very much money. The last appeal cost about £2,600. This time, in the Supreme Court, it will be about £8,000.

"If I really were a rich drug dealer, it would be no big deal. But I'm not, and you might as well ask me to pay ten million dollars."

Tomorrow Ms Sandiford's lawyers will go to the English Court of Appeal to appeal against the FCO's decision not to help fund her lawyer.


Report: Sandiford fails in death sentence appeal

A woman from Gloucestershire has lost her appeal against her death sentence for drug smuggling in Bali. Lindsay Sandifrod from Cheltenham was found guilty in January of smuggling 1.6 million pounds worth of cocaine.

It's a decision the Government has described as disappointing, while the foregin office reiteraited the UK's opposition to the death penalty. Jonty Messer reports:

'Evidence to show Sandiford was threatened & coerced'

Human rights organisation Reprieve has previously said it believes there is evidence to show that Sandiford was threatened and coerced into acting as a courier.

Indonesia has an estimated 114 prisoners on death row. Most of the more than 40 foreigners among them have been convicted of drug crimes, according to a March 2012 report by Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Five foreigners have been executed since 1998, all for drug crimes, according to the institute. There have been no executions in the country since 2008, when 10 people were put to death.

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Govt ‘disappointed’ at failed Bali death sentence appeal

The government has expressed disappointment that British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost her appeal against her death sentence in Bali for drug trafficking.

We are disappointed to hear that Lindsay Sandiford's appeal has been refused by the High Court in Bail.

The UK strongly opposes the death penalty and has repeatedly made representations to the Indonesian government on this matter.

We will continue to provide consular assistance at this difficult time.

– Foreign Office spokesman
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British grandmother loses Bali death penalty appeal

Sandiford is originally from Redcar in Teesside. Credit: Reuters

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford has lost her appeal against her death sentence in Bali for drug trafficking.

The 56-year-old was convicted in January by a district court and sentenced to face a firing squad. The Bali High Court has rejected an appeal.

Sandiford, who was arrested after a flight from Bangkok in May 2012, was convicted of smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine.

She was accused of being at the centre of a drugs ring involving three other men.

She says she was coerced into smuggling the cocaine.

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