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Foreign office 'strongly objects' to Sandiford death penalty

Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has said his department "strongly objects" to the sentencing to death of a 56-year-old British grandmother in Indonesia for drug trafficking.

Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at Bali's airport in May last year after 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine was found in the lining of her suitcase during a routine customs check.

Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham, said the sentencing of Sandiford, who is one of his constituents, was "out of keeping with Indonesia's historic progress towards democracy and human rights".

Mr Swire said representations have been made to Indonesian authorities and, under the country's law, Sandiford has further avenues of appeal through the courts.

  • 22 Jan 2013
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