DRUG SMUGGLER LINDSAY SANDIFORD ANGRY AT UK GOVERNMENT FOR NOT HELPING HER MORE IN HER DEATH PENALTY SENTENCE – For those of you who are not familiar with Lindsay Sandiford let me give you the basics.
Lindsay Sandiford is a 56 year old grandmother from the UK. She was caught in February this year smuggling £1.6 million worth of cocaine into Bali, Indonesia.
After her arrest she assisted the authorities in giving up the other gang members Julian Ponder 43, Paul Beale, 40 and, Rachel Dougall, 38 all of whom received between 1 and 6 years imprisonment.
Despite her co-operating with the authorities it was in March that the Bali Court sentenced her to death by firing squad.
The British Home Secretary, William Hague, became involved after allegations that Sandiford was coerced and threatened with violence by the authorities and provided evidence and a letter to the Indonesian Government in order to have her death penalty overturned.
Unfortunately for Sandiford the Court of Appeal denied the request and upheld the original death sentence.
While in a recent article Sandiford announced that she had accepted her fate and that she would rather die than spend a life sentence in what is acknowledged to be one of the worst prisons in Indonesia; it now appears that Sandiford is criticising the UK Government for failing to help her legal fire in order to escape her death penalty.
While the British Home Secretary had intervened and pleaded with the Indonesian authorities Sandiford reports that the British Government has refused to provide funding for her legal fight.
The anti-death penalty campaign group Reprieve has stepped in and said it would provide full funding in order to help get her death penalty overturned.
“I have been told the Government’s position when it comes to British citizens in my position (is) that I or my supporters must raise the funds for my defence, and that the longer I am on death row the more time I have in which to do this.” Lindsay Sandiford
Sandiford and her family have been trying a number of ways in an attempt to raise the required funds for her defence including putting out an appeal on the social networks – it would appear from the intervention from Reprieve that her plight has garnered little sympathy.
Lindsay has openly acknowledged that she is responsible for her current predicament; which considering the amount of cocaine she was caught with is undeniable. However her argument is that if she had been held in the UK she would have been given legal aid – the truth of the matter is that no crime was committed on UK soil and therefore has nothing to do with the British authorities and the legal aid system supported by the taxpayer.
Time is now running out and Sandiford’s appeal must be lodged with the Supreme Court by Thursday 25th April 2013 – failure to raise the £8,000 needed her appeal may not be lodged or heard in a future hearing.
While I for one do have a degree of sympathy I am a staunch supporter of the death penalty. Sandiford knew full well the consequences of her actions as she has travelled around South East Asia enough to see all the warning signs and penalties imposed for drug smuggling.
While her plight is a difficult one there remains the fact, which all news reports fail to include, that the drugs she attempted to smuggle into the country would have brought untold damage and misery for families and children.
Indonesia, Thailand and other South East Asian countries all impose the death penalty for drugs smuggling due to the wide spread damage it does to its citizens. Therefore the fact remains clear, regardless of her treatment or defence – she knowing attempted to smuggle a huge quantity of illegal narcotics in the country for financial gain with no thought of the damage she was doing to others.