"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Oscar Wilde

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The British government and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond: We call on you to fund Lindsay Sandiford's legal expenses

Lindsay Sandiford faces imminent execution by firing squad in Indonesia. 

After her arrest in 2012, she cooperated with police to secure the arrest of more senior syndicate members. 

Despite this, she was sentenced to death while the people whose arrests she made possible were given jail terms of one to six years.

Lindsay, who has no previous criminal convictions, has no money to challenge her sentence and has been refused funding by the British government despite a recommendation from five Supreme Court judges in London. 

Those judges said “substantial mitigating factors” in her case had been ignored and there was a “remarkable disparity of her sentence with those members of the syndicate she helped bring to justice”.

Her plight has been worsened by the lack of any consular assistance and the dismissal of British Vice Consul to Bali Alys Harahap for an alleged romance inside jail with the syndicate kingpin Julian Ponder at a time when she should have been helping Lindsay fight her death sentence.

In view of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Lindsay’s case, we call on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to urgently reverse his decision and accept the Supreme Court recommendation to extend funding to Lindsay so that she can fight the injustice she has been subjected to and mount a last legal challenge against her death penalty.

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