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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
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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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