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MP pledges to fight grandmother's death sentence

The MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood, has pledged to fight the death penalty imposed on former Cheltenham resident, Lindsay Sandiford, in the light of her failure to win her appeal at the Indonesian Supreme Court.

  • He is working with the charity Reprieve supporting Mrs Sandiford in Indonesia
  • He plans to meet with the Foreign Office to discuss how to get her legal advice to help find evidence that could mean a Judicial Review
  • He will request another meeting with the Indonesian Ambassador to discuss her sentence

Failed death sentence appeal for Cheltenham Grandmother

Foreign Office has confirmed that a grandmother from Cheltenham has lost her appeal against a death sentence for drug trafficking in Bali. Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling more than £1.5 million of cocaine into the country in May last year.

She claimed she was forced to do it. There are reports that the Indonesian Supreme Court judges have rejected her second - and possibly final - appeal.


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

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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