JAKARTA (dpa) – British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday he was “hopeful” that a British grandmother on death row in an Indonesian prison could escape execution.
Lindsay Sandiford, 57, is seeking to have her death sentence for smuggling 4.8kg of cocaine into the resort island of Bali overturned.
“I’m hopeful that we still have a process and it’s premature to talk about the sentence being carried out,” Hammond told reporters after talks with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi in Jakarta.
Hammond said he told Retno that Britain opposed the death penalty “in all cases” and was providing support for Sandiford.
“There are specific limits to how we operate and what kind of support that we can offer,” he said. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said over the weekend that authorities were preparing a new series of executions, after President Joko Widodo rejected clemency requests for 11 convicts on death row, including eight drug traffickers.
They include one each from Brazil, France, Ghana, the Philippines, Nigeria and two from Australia. No timeframe was given for the executions.