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Teesside gran loses appeal against death sentence
A FORMER Teesside grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for smuggling drugs in Bali.
Lindsay Sandiford, from Redcar, can only lodge a further appeal if her legal team unearth new evidence.
The 57-year-old's plea for mercy was rejected by Indonesia's top court in the early hours of this morning.
Sandiford was arrested at Bali airport in May and charged with smuggling drugs into the country - a crime for which the penalty is death.
Prosecutors said she was part of a wider smuggling ring but Sandiford claimed she was acting under duress.
However, the court's death sentence came as a shock after prosecutors recommended she be given a 15 year term of imprisonment.
If Sandiford cannot seek a judicial review her only hope is a rare presidential pardon.
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