Death penalty legal funding refusal: Appeal court confirms limits of Human Rights Act


We might ask – ‘What human rights?’ I seem to remember Mark Thatcher was bailed out pdq when he was in trouble in a foreign country. One law for the rich and powerful, but another for ordinary folk.

UK Human Rights Blog

Lindsay SandifordR (on the application of Sandiford) v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs [2013] 168 (Admin) – read judgment

On 22 April 2013 the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in refusing to pay for a lawyer to assist Lindsay Sandiford as she faces the death penalty for drug offences in Indonesia. Last Wednesday, they handed down the reasons for their decision.

On 19 May 2012 Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali following the discovery of almost five kilograms of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase. A number of southeast Asian countries take a notoriously hard line on drugs offences, and following her conviction on 19 December 2012, Ms Sandiford was sentenced to death. Many media outlets have reported that in Indonesia, death sentences are generally carried out by a firing squad.

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2 comments on “Death penalty legal funding refusal: Appeal court confirms limits of Human Rights Act

  1. exactly. there are two different sets of law, based on economic condition of the person!

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  2. Justice must be done and seen to be done for all – whether rich or poor.

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