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Death row Briton Lindsay Sandiford set to launch her appeal
00:51 GMT, 10 February 2013
00:53 GMT, 10 February 2013
A British grandmother facing the firing squad in Bali for drug smuggling will appeal against her sentence tomorrow, her lawyer has revealed.
Lindsay Sandiford was caught smuggling almost 5kg of cocaine worth 1.6 million into the country from Bangkok last May.
Yesterday, Fadillah Agus – who met the 56-year-old for the first time in the notorious Kerobokan jail six days ago – said he was confident the appeal court would throw out his client's sentence.
Distraught: Lindsay Sandiford of Britain reacts inside a holding cell after hearing her sentence to death, which she is due to appeal
'I believe she has a very good chance of avoiding the death penalty,' he added. 'The sentence wasn't appropriate and Mrs Sandiford should have been given a lighter one.'
The human rights lawyer, who is based in Jakarta, agreed to take on Sandiford's case for 2,600, which has been raised by public donations, after the Foreign Office refused to pay for an appeal lawyer.
Sandiford, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, told her trial that she only agreed to smuggle the drugs after her son's life was threatened by a gang.
The court said she had shamed Bali’s tourism
reputation by smuggling the cocaine in the lining of her suitcase
through the island’s international airport.
Death sentence: The court told the grandmother she had shamed Bali's tourism reputation by smuggling cocaine in the lining of her suitcase through the island's international airport
Caught: Sandiford was arrested at Bali's international airport with 10.6lb of cocaine in her possession
The British grandmother is being kept in Kerobokan jail in Bali, Indonesia. A court official confimed his office had received the appeal request from the prison
She received the sentence despite prosecutors only asking for a 15-year jail term.
It is believed her appeal will centre on her claim she was promised a lighter sentence for taking part in a police sting operation targeting other smugglers.
Sandiford is originally from
Redcar on Teesside but married and moved to London, and later lived in
Gloucestershire before leaving for India several years ago.
Following the call for a judicial review
into Sandiford's case, Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has urged the
Foreign Office to rethink its policy on support for Britons sentenced to
She is one of 12 Britons currently facing the death penalty abroad, according to the Foreign Office.