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Grandmother on death row 'remains in jeopardy'

The Supreme Court has said Lindsay Sandiford, the grandmother on death row in Bali, "remains in jeopardy" and is in "urgent need of legal help".

Lindsay Sandiford during her first trial
Lindsay Sandiford during her first trial Credit: Reuters

The 57-year-old from Cheltenham has lost a battle at the UK's highest court over the lawfulness of a Government policy not to provide funding for legal representation to Britons facing capital charges abroad.

Five Supreme Court justices in London unanimously dismissed a challenge by Sandiford, who was convicted last year of trafficking drugs into Bali and sentenced to death by firing squad.

The Supreme Court called on the Government to carry out an urgent review of whether funding for legal representation can be given in the case.

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Grandmother in Bali prison loses court funding battle

Lindsay Sandiford will be sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali.
Lindsay Sandiford will be sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali. Credit: PA

Grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who is on death row in Indonesia for trafficking drugs to Bali, has lost her latest battle at the UK's highest court to get funding to fight her case.

Sandiford, 57, from Cheltenham, Gloucester, was sentenced to death by firing squad after being arrested in May 2012 for smuggling 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine worth £1.6 million from Bangkok.

She claimed she was forced to transport the drugs to protect her children, whose safety was at stake.

An appeal against her sentence was rejected but she is continuing to fight her case.

However, she is currently without legal representation and tried to challenge the lawfulness of a Government policy not to provide funding for Britons facing capital charges abroad.

But today five judges in the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed her case ruling the policy was lawful even in death penalty cases.

Shaman 'shows no remorse' over death of Bristol teenager

A Colombian shaman is showing no remorse and taking no responsibility for the death of a teenager from Bristol who drank a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual. The body of Henry Miller, 19, was found last week after he and other foreigners attended a ceremony led by shaman Guillermo Mavisoy.

Mr Mavisoy said it was common to vomit and become ill while consuming the concoction called yage. But he said he had never seen anyone die during the decades he has been serving the herbal concoction made from the namesake vine and other plants native to the Amazon rainforest.

Henry Miller's body was found last week dumped near Mr Mavisoy's modest home after he and other foreigners attended a ceremony led by the shaman. The authorities have yet to determine the cause of death but say the 19-year-old fell ill during the ritual

"When it's time to die, you die. You can take the safest pill in the world and you can die. It doesn't matter if you have lots of money when the time has come."

– Guillermo Mavisoy, Colombian shaman

Teenager's body left at the roadside in Colombia

The body of a teenager from Bristol who died after drinking a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual was left by the side of the road by two frightened local men, according to Colombian authorities.

Henry Miller, who was 19, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists.

Mr Miller, who was due to go to university in September, is understood to have taken Yage which brings on vivid hallucinations and supposedly spiritual experiences.

He was found dead on Wednesday by a rural road outside Mocoa, the capital of the Putumayo region.

Mr Miller's health deteriorated after drinking the brew and the shaman sent him to a hospital on a motorcycle with two local men, but he died en route, Putumayo police commander Ricardo Suarez said.

The cause of death is not determined and no one has been arrested.

Everything indicates that the two young men panicked and left him on the side of the road.

– Ricardo Suarez, Putumayo police commander

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Tributes to teenager who died in South America

Friends of 19-year-old Henry Miller, who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug in a tribal ritual in Columbia, have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to him.

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RIP Henry Miller, the crazy housemate that never was!

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RIP HENRY MILLER - prayers for your friends and family, you died free

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Rip Henry miller, you were an amazing friend to my sister, and on the rare occasion we saw each other, a rad dude. You are sorely missed.

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Brit teen in S America drug ritual 'adventurous traveller'

The parents of Henry Miller, who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug during a tribal ceremony in South America, have released a statement about the incident.

David and Elizabeth Miller said: "In the last 48 hours we received the exceptionally sad news that our son Henry has died whilst travelling in Colombia.

Read: British teen died in 'remote rainforest area in Colombia'

"We understand that he took part in a local tribal ritual recommended by the hostel that he was staying at. The ritual involves a drink made from local plant infusions.

"We are awaiting further information from the Foreign Office, but it is likely that a reaction to this drink was the cause."

Mr Miller was in South America on a gap-year trip. His family described him as "an adventurous person who travelled extensively".

Read: British teenager dies after tribal drug ritual in S America

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British teen died in 'remote rainforest area in Colombia'

A British teenager has died in a remote rainforest area of Colombia after reportedly taking drugs during a tribal ritual.

Henry Miller, 19, was with other tourists when he took Yage, which brings on vivid hallucinations and supposedly spiritual experiences, in the remote town of Mocoa in the Putumayo region, The Daily Mail reports.

The teenager was reportedly in the remote town of Mocoa in the Putumayo region. Credit: Google Maps

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national on 23 April in Colombia. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

Bristol teen dies after taking tribal drug

Mr MIller was in a remote rainforest area of Columbia Credit: Mika Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

A teenager from Bristol is reported to have died in South America after taking hallucinogenic drugs during a tribal ritual.

Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists when he took the drug with a local tribe.

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