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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

British grandmother on Bali death row writes to Russell Brand for help

Lindsay Sandiford in her Kerobokan death row cell
A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia has begged comedian Russell Brand to help her avoid the firing squad.

Lindsay Sandiford, 58, was sentenced to death on the island of Bali after she was convicted of drug trafficking in 2013.

She has been writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time.
But in a last-ditch bid for a pardon, Ms Sandiford has also written to Brand and British billionaire Richard Branson asking for support with her appeal.

The celebrities both condemned the execution of the so-called Bali Nine group of smugglers, with Brand accusing Indonesia of using them as a 'human sacrifice' to hide the country's economic reliance on the illicit trade.

One of those executed, Andrew Chan, had become good friends with Ms Sandiford in prison.

In her letter to Brand, Ms Sandiford wrote: 'Mr Brand, you have spoken very eloquently and movingly about the plight of my friend Andrew who was a dear friend to me.

'I am truly heart-broken over his death because he helped me through some extremely difficult times after I was first sentenced to die.

'That is why I would like to ask for your help to support and promote my attempts to have a fair, final hearing into my own case.

'My situation is extremely urgent and if you can raise awareness of my case in any way it would be a great help and comfort to me.'

The letters were published on the Facebook page Justice and Fairness for Lindsay Sandiford which was set up to support her legal battle.

Sandiford's family have recently launched a fundraising drive to raise money to lodge an appeal at the Indonesian Supreme Court, after the British government refused to fund the legal fight.

If the challenge fails, Sandiford still has the option to appeal for clemency from Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Source: Mail Online, Simon Tomlinson, May 6, 2015

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