Uploaded on Jun 5, 2009
An update on a story we brought you yesterday. A British woman may spend the rest of her life behind bars for smuggling drugs into Laos.
Samantha Orobator, a British woman being held on drug trafficking charges in Laos was sentenced to life in jail yesterday.
She was caught in possession of more than enough heroin to get a death sentence. But somehow she became pregnant while behind bars.
The law in Laos says that pregnant women cannot be executed.
[Chantkaly Duangvilai, Deputy Chief, Civil Court]:
"As the defendant is pregnant, the judge has reduced her penalty from execution to life imprisonment."
Orobator appeared distressed as police put her in a van to return to prison. A British diplomat who attended the trial spoke to reporters.
[Daniel Painter, British Diplomat]:
"If Samantha has any concern about fair trial issues then we can take it up with the Lao government."
Britain and Laos signed a prisoner transfer agreement on May 7, which could allow Orobator to serve most of her sentence at home. She has 21 days to appeal.
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