Cheltenham drug smuggler Lindsay Sandiford gets money to fight death sentence
A GRANDMOTHER from Cheltenham who is facing execution in Bali for drug-smuggling now has the £2,500 needed to appeal her sentence
Lindsay Sandiford, 56, who once lived in the town, was sentenced after police arrested her in May last year with nearly five kilos of cocaine.
She had lost a High Court appeal to force the UK Government to pay £2,500 for her initial legal costs for an appeal, but the money has now been donated via the charity Reprieve.
It has also been claimed that a letter sent by British Embassy staff informing a Balinese court she intended to contest the penalty was initially rejected by island officials, who said it had to come from the prison.
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This is thought to have sparked a panic as Sandiford had to be woken in her cell and another letter drafted in time.