Death penalty condemned

PUBLISHED: 13:24 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24 23 January 2013

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

East Devon MP Hugo Swire

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Foreign office minister Hugo Swire has condemned the planned execution of a British woman found guilty of drug trafficking in Indonesia.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, has been sentenced to death by firing squad after she was arrested at Bali’s airport in May last year.

Cocaine weighing 4.8kg was found in the lining of her suitcase during a routine customs check.

Mr Swire, also the East Devon MP, has told the House of Commons that the Government objected to the death penalty and said she had at least two further avenues of appeal through the courts and also the chance to apply for presidential clemency.

He said: “We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia.

“We strongly object to the death penalty and continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time.”

Mr Swire said “repeated representations” had been made to the Indonesian authorities and Foreign Secretary William Hague had raised the case with his counterpart in the country.

He added: “We understand that under Indonesian law, Lindsay has at least two further avenues of appeal through the courts as well as an opportunity to apply for presidential clemency should these be unsuccessful.”

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