LINDSAY SANDIFORD LOSES APPEAL AGAINST DEATH SENTENCE – Lindsay Sandiford, the 57 year old grandmother, who was tried and convicted for drugs trafficking earlier this year, has lost her appeal against the death sentence in the Indonesian Supreme Court.
The Indonesian Supreme Court upheld the decision by the judge at her original trial and stated that it would not overturn the decision of the death sentence.
Earlier this year the international media was shocked after Sandiford was caught trying to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine from Thailand to Bali, Indonesia.
Despite co-operating fully with the authorities and pleading that she was forced under duress to smuggle the drugs, Sandiford was the only one of the gang given the death sentence.
The British Foreign Office has refused to cover any costs of the appeal process but has written to the Indonesian authorities asking for leniency.
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At the appeal the three Supreme Court judges said there was no reason to overturn neither the decisions of the original judgment nor that of the first appeal.
Sandiford now has one last play and that is to file for a judicial review but this is only possible if her lawyers are able to present new evidence to the court or show that the original trial was flawed through negligence.
The British Foreign Office, upon receiving the verdict of the appeal, have again reiterated its strong opposition to the death penalty and again asking for the Indonesian authorities to overturn the sentence.
Like many countries in South East Asia, Indonesia is plagued by drugs. The victims of drugs are often poor families and children and nearly all South East Asian countries carry the death penalty for drugs smuggling; something that Lindsay Sandiford was fully aware of and yet despite this knowledge she attempted to smuggling in a huge quantity of cocaine.
Since her conviction and without financial assistance from the British Government she has managed to raise £10,000 from supporters in order to fight her case.
The others involved in the drug smuggling plot were Rachel Dougall, 39 who received just one year in prison, Julian Ponder and Paul Beales who received prison sentences of 6 and 4 years respectively.
The British Human Rights charity ‘Reprieve’ has also taken up Lindsay Sandiford’s cause stating that she was mere targeted and exploited by the other gang members through threat of violence against her children.
If Lindsay Sandiford is unable to get the death penalty overturned she will face an Indonesian firing squad which will, in the eyes of the Indonesia authorities, send out a clear message to any would be drugs smuggler that such a practice will not be shown leniency or mercy from the courts.