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Temporary reprieve from execution for Lindsay Sandiford

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in 2013 after being found guilty of smuggling over £1 million worth of cocaine into Indonesia. Credit: PA

A grandmother from Cheltenham has been granted a reprieve from execution by an Indonesian firing squad, after the country announced a temporary halt in its use of the death sentence.

59-year-old Lindsay Sandiford is due to be executed after she was convicted of trying to smuggle 3.8kg of cocaine into Bali in 2012.

Indonesia's Chief Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan told a new conference the country would temporarily stop all executions.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. This year it has executed 14 people by firing squad.

Death row grandmother appeals to Supreme Court

A grandmother from Cheltenham who's on death row in Indonesia is taking her case to the Supreme Court.

Lindsay Sandiford will face a firing squad after being found guilty of drug trafficking. The 57 year old is asking for money to fund an appeal against her charges.

Under current laws, the Government won't pay for legal representation for British people facing charges which carry the death penalty abroad.

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


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
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