Death penalty Cheltenham grandmother loses High Court battle
THE Foreign Office should look at making an exception and help cover the legal costs of a grandmother sentenced to death in Indonesia, according to Cheltenham's MP.
Lindsay Sandiford from Cheltenham was condemned to death by firing squad for drug smuggling.
But the government has been criticised for not paying for her legal representation as she fights for her life.
However, a High Court appeal for the government to step in and pay was lost today.
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A legal challenge was brought to London's High Court with judges being asked to rule that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's failure to arrange 'an adequate lawyer' to represent Sandiford, 56, was unlawful.
But the appeal was lost.
Speaking before the decision was made, Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood thanked the Foreign Office for all it had done so far but called for more action to be taken.
He said: "Obviously the Foreign Office cannot agree to write a blank cheque for people in custody all over the world but this is a particularly extreme case where somebody's life is at risk, so they should look at this very carefully."