Death penalty legal funding refusal: Appeal court confirms limits of Human Rights Act

My experience (whilst not involving the death penalty) was of the foreign office not wanting to get involved in my case, and not even attending court. However the moment I get back to the UK I’m treated as a criminal which costs the UK government far more than it would have done if they had made sure I had received a proper and fair trial. I had no lawyer, I was told the verdict and sentence before arriving at the court.

UK Human Rights Blog

Lindsay SandifordR (on the application of Sandiford) v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs [2013] 168 (Admin) – read judgment

On 22 April 2013 the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in refusing to pay for a lawyer to assist Lindsay Sandiford as she faces the death penalty for drug offences in Indonesia. Last Wednesday, they handed down the reasons for their decision.

On 19 May 2012 Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali following the discovery of almost five kilograms of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase. A number of southeast Asian countries take a notoriously hard line on drugs offences, and following her conviction on 19 December 2012, Ms Sandiford was sentenced to death. Many media outlets have reported that in Indonesia, death sentences are generally carried out by a firing squad.

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