A pregnant British woman held on drug-smuggling charges in Laos will go on trial Wednesday, the British Foreign Office said, citing the government of the south-east Asian country.
Samantha Orobator, 20, was jailed last August at the airport in the Lao capital Vientiane and charged with carrying about half a kilogram of heroin. She is more than five months pregnant, and legal aid charity Reprieve — which has worked on her case — is urging that her case be resolved and she be allowed to return to England before she enters the third trimester of pregnancy on June 6.
Britain and Laos signed a prisoner transfer agreement last month, the British Foreign Office said but refused to disclose its details.
Samantha’s mother pleads for leniency.