Cheltenham MP, Martin Horwood, has spoken out against the death sentence imposed on 56 year old Lindsay Sandiford, who used to live in Cheltenham says the British government must act.
Foreign Office Minister and East Devon MP Hugo Swire has told MPs the Government "strongly object to the death penalty" after a woman from Gloucestershire was sentenced to be executed for drug trafficking in Indonesia. He said:
Mr Swire said "repeated representations" had been made to the Indonesian authorities and Foreign Secretary William Hague had raised the case with his counterpart in the country.
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Sandiford had previously lived in Cheltenham. The town's liberal democrat MP Martin Horwood said Sandiford had "struggled with legal representation" and called for her to receive the "best possible consular support" from UK officials in Indonesia.
Lindsay Sandiford's MP says the sentence has come as a shock to a lot of people, and he's aiming to raise the issue with Foreign Secretary, William Hague. Martin Horwood, the MP for Cheltenham where Lindsay Sandiford once lived, said the death penalty should be a thing of the past:
Lindsay Sandiford kept her face covered as she arrived at Indonesia's Bali court to hear her death penalty sentence over drug smuggling.
During the trial Sandiford's lawyer read out a statement from her son which said:
Sandiford previously told the court she became involved only because "the lives of my children were in danger".
Sandiford, 56, was sentenced after being found guilty of violating the country's strict drug laws by the Denpasar District Court today.
In the court's verdict, a judge panel headed by Amser Simanjuntak, concluded that Sandiford has damaged the image of Bali as a tourism destination and weakened the government's programme of drug annihilation.
The cocaine she smuggled was worth around 2.5 million US dollars, the Associated Press reported.
Prosecutors had said during the trial last month that they were seeking a 15-year prison term, and not pursuing the maximum penalty for drug trafficking which is death.