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Bali death sentence woman fails to make Britain pay lawyer

Published on Feb 1, 2013 6:20 AM
 
In this photograph taken on Jan 22, 2013 convicted drug smuggler, British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, reacts inside the holding cell after the court handed its verdict in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali. Sandiford lost a High Court bid to make the government pay for a lawyer to help her appeal against her death sentence in Indonesia for drug smuggling. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - A British grandmother on Thursday lost a High Court bid to make the government pay for a lawyer to help her appeal against her death sentence in Indonesia for drug smuggling.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, was sentenced to death last week for smuggling nearly 5.0kg of cocaine worth US$2.4 million (S$3 million) on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Lawyers for the charity Reprieve, which works to protect the interests of prisoners worldwide, sought a judicial review of the British Foreign Office's decision not to pay for her legal representation in Indonesia.

They argued it would cost around 2,500 pounds (S$4,900) to pay for an adequate lawyer to take on the case.

 
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