Mother of Briton held in Laos voices fear, as drug trial looms
The mother of a pregnant British woman who faces the death penalty in Laos if found guilty of drug trafficking has spoken of her fears for her daughter, who media reports say could go on trial on Monday.world Updated: May 04, 2009 00:20 IST
The mother of a pregnant British woman who faces the death penalty in Laos if found guilty of drug trafficking has spoken of her fears for her daughter, who media reports say could go on trial on Monday.
"I'm so scared, I'm so scared. I don't know what they are up to there," Jane Orobator told Sky News television today, after the broadcaster reported that her 20-year-old daughter Samantha could be tried the next day.
"I am concerned about her welfare. I learned she was pregnant. Before she was arrested she wasn't pregnant," the prisoner's mother added.
Orobator, who was born in Nigeria but grew up in south London, is due to give birth in September.
Orobator was arrested at Wattay Airport in the southeast Asian nation last year after allegedly being caught with 0.68 kilogram 1.5 pounds of heroin. Under Laotian law, she could face the firing squad if convicted.
A lawyer for legal campaigner group Reprieve, Anna Morris, arrived in Laos this weekend and told Sky News she was due to meet with Orobator on Tuesday.
However, she expressed concern the trial could go ahead before then.
Until now, Orobator has had no legal representation, Morris said, adding that she understood that defendants were only allowed to meet their lawyers a week before the trial or even, in some cases, the day the trial starts.