May 6, 2009

Pregnant woman accused of drug trafficking escapes death penalty

Per CNN, Samantha Orobator, a pregnant British woman, who was arrested for allegedly trafficking half a kilogram of heroin through Laos in August will not be sentenced to death by firing squad because she is pregnant according to a Laotian Foreign Ministry spokesman. "The country's criminal law prohibits courts from sentencing pregnant women to death," said spokesman Khenthong Nuanthasing.

Orobator was also allegedly denied access to a British lawyer who was to meet with her Sunday but has since been refused permission to speak with Orobator, according to a human rights group.

Twitterers reacted to the news:

  1. John David 约翰大卫
    DivadNhoj1981 (Galveston, Texas) RT @CynthiaY29: Update: Pregnant Brit Won't Face Laos Death Penalty II *Heaves sigh of relief* #p2
  2. Erica Revish
    ericarachelle (Columbus, Ohio) So, the Pregnant British woman accused of trafficking drugs won't face firing squad, but is being denied a lawyer. Geez:
  3. Anna Morris
    magicmoz (London, U.K.) Laos says pregnant women can't be sentenced to death but what happens if trial put off until after she gives birth?
  4. Justin Yost
    jtyost2 (Lubbock, Texas) Liked "Pregnant Briton denied lawyer visit in Laos, rights group says: A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos was..."
  5. Tim Adams
    Timdadams (Seattle, Wash.) Man! They go hard in Laos! -

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