Government "strongly objects" to Gloucestershire woman's death penalty sentence

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:

We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia. We strongly object to the death penalty and continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time.

– Hugo Swire MP

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.

He added: "

We understand that under Indonesian law, Lindsay has at least two further avenues of appeal through the courts as well as an opportunity to apply for presidential clemency should these be unsuccessful.

– Hugo Swire MP

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.

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