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Lindsay Sandiford in Sir Richard Branson appeal

Lindsay Sandiford Image copyright AFP
Image caption Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Indonesia in 2013

A British drugs smuggler on death row in Indonesia has appealed for Sir Richard Branson to back a campaign to pay for her legal fees.

Lindsay Sandiford from Cheltenham has written to Sir Richard after he spoke out against recent executions.

The letter asks him to "help promote the fundraising effort my supporters have begun to pay for a final appeal against the death penalty".

She is facing death by firing squad for carrying drugs into Indonesia.

'Influence and position'

Sandiford has been in jail since 2012 after arriving in Bali from Thailand carrying drugs with a street value of £1.6m.

Last week, she paid tribute to Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, two of the eight prisoners who were shot dead.

The letter on her Facebook account has referenced Andrew Chan, saying she was "hugely impressed and moved to see you speak out against the execution of the prisoners last week including Andrew, who was a close friend of mine".

Ms Sandiford adds that she "could now be executed at any time" as she did not have "any proper legal representation" during her trial.

She appeals to Sir Richard to use his "influence and position to speak out" on behalf of people on death row.

Another appeal against Ms Sandiford's conviction to be put before the Indonesian Supreme Court is being prepared, her lawyer has said.

A campaign to raise funds for her appeal has raised just over 16,200 New Zealand dollars (£7,975).

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