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