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Drug queen Lindsay Sandiford critical of Government for failing to back her appeal

By EchoJoe  |  Posted: April 22, 2013


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Drug queen Lindsay Sandiford, who is facing execution for smuggling cocaine into Bali, has hit out at the British government for abandoning her.

The 56-year-old, from Cheltenham, was handed a death sentence after she was arrested nearly a year ago for smuggling cocaine with a street value of £1.5 million into Bali from Bangkok, Thailand.

The verdict was upheld by the Bali High Court earlier this month leaving Sandiford, formerly of Hester's Way and Warden Hill, one step closer to facing a firing squad.

She is now reportedly set to appeal to Indonesia's Supreme Court against the decision.

However, after a Just Giving appeal fund raised only a third of the £8,000 she needs to pay for legal costs, she criticised the British government for not stepping in to provide financial support.

In an open letter from her prison cell she said: "I have been told that 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.

"My family has done all they possibly can to support me and nobody could ask anyone to do any more.

"I myself am knitting a jumper that I will try to auction to raise money but that's not going to go far."

She said she had been touched by the members of the public who had reached into their pockets to make a donation "when the British Government wouldn't help me".

She added: "I know there are some people who think I should die here in this prison cell. If I should die – and I hope I don't but I fear I may – then I hope my execution will prompt the British Government to do more for others."

The Foreign Office has refused to fund Sandiford's appeal but has written a submission arguing against her death sentence. Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has also vowed to lobby the Indonesian ambassador to the UK against pressing ahead with the execution.

Sandiford is expected to take her appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court this week. If that fails she could seek a judicial review of the decision from the same court.

After that, only the president can overule the sentence by granting clemency.

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  • joey102030  |  April 23 2013, 11:44AM

    Bonkim, you hit the nail on the head with lynch mobs being a feature where law and order has broken down. Mob rule is the default in any society, it was there before organised justice... but it is characterised by a personal need for revenge and instant retribution, not necessary what is fair and the best for society. I will agree the effectiveness of capital punishment is a complex issue, but don't assume a long-term prison sentence should be considered a lesser punishment... In my opinion, capital punishment inflicts more trauma on innocent family members, and less on the actual perpretrator than prison. Not disregarding the fact miscarriages of justice (which do happen) need to be reversible!

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  • MentalBeaver  |  April 23 2013, 11:03AM

    Smuggle the drugs, take the slugs.

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  • Bonkim  |  April 23 2013, 10:39AM

    Hello Joey 102030 - how do you define civilisation? All great civilisations had the death penalty - Britain did not become a civilized nation overnight when it abolished the death penalty. On a similar vein most countries around the world still retain the ultimate sanction and in all these countries there are fair and just legal processes in place, even Indonesia which is the subject of the report. What is fair and just is determined by history, religion, and culture which is continuously evolving. Not sure if lynch mobs are the feature in most places around the world - possibly at some locations where law and order has broken down. Whether capital punishment reduces murders or armed robberies or rapes is open to discussion and the protagonists will not arrive at any conclusion as society is continually changing and various determinants shifting. But death is a certainty that the person involved will not commit further crimes and society will be better off. Can cite any number of UK cases to substantiate that. In extreme cases where the crimes are considered abhorrent - child sexual abuse, violent rape, premeditated murder, terrorism, etc, I have no problem with capital punishment - and in a civilized nation such terminations would be at the end of a very elaborate and carefully regulated process with necessary safeguards. Admittedly no system is perfect and the risks of process failure are no different from say imprisoning someone for life or execution and who is to say imprisoning someone for life is a kinder act.

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  • supernova1  |  April 23 2013, 10:33AM

    eyeopener................she needs the money for her appeal, not her trial. She has already been found guilty, now she wants to drag it out with appeal after appeal, etc. Like the muslem hate clerics who just waste OUR taxpayers money...............................

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  • joey102030  |  April 23 2013, 10:05AM

    Bonkim I think you'll find society don't really care about wrongful conviction, just look at the lynch mobs in places where society is left to administer justice... this is part of reason why civilised countries have an independent and fair justice system. What proof do you have that 'on balance the ultimate sanction eliminates many repeat crimes'?... you only need to compare crime rates in countries with the death penalty to those without. As for your assertion that it's fine to murder a few innocents in the name of justice, I'll assume you weren't actually serious.

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  • Bonkim  |  April 23 2013, 8:43AM

    eyeopener - true those with more funds, or intellect, more importantly determination can play the legal game better - not just in dealing with death penalty but also in every other legal situation. That does not justify abolition of the death penalty - the legal penalties for crimes vary across countries, even within the U.K from court to court, Judge to Judge. Whilst there will always be a small margin of error, on balance the ultimate sanction eliminates many repeat crimes. Life has many risks and society will accept a small risk of wrongful conviction in relation to eliminating the huge risks - yes hard punishment - long incarceration and the death penalty will reduce the many petty criminals that see the U.K courts as a joke. If you look at repeat violent crimes including rape, and murder - more often than not criminals let go lightly from serious cases and repeating their acts. If you get rid of them first time - no repeats. Yes such vermin don't deserve a second chance.

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  April 23 2013, 8:35AM

    Sandiford said "...I hope my execution prompts the British Government to do more for others". Others like her, I presume? She still doesn't get it, does she? Rather than prompt the British Government to condone drug smuggling, shouldn't she be hoping her execution (if it happens) prompt these "others" to stop smuggling illegal drugs?

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  • norman937  |  April 23 2013, 4:31AM

    Spud0 Excessive alcohol use causes more problems than illegal drugs. This may be the case,however drinkers, and if you like smokers,pay a lot of tax to fund their habits,where as someone on drugs will possibly steal and break other countries laws to fund theirs,and use it as a possible means to get rich and have a very good life style,they do not contribute anything at all.

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  • Elliepoo  |  April 23 2013, 1:38AM

    Best comment on here,QuiltingQueen,says it in 1 sentence,good 1.

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  • he-devil  |  April 22 2013, 10:30PM

    No tears shed by me

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