Samantha Orobator “is facing death by firing squad for drug trafficking,” said Clare Algar, executive director of Reprieve, a London-based human rights group.
Orobator, 20, was arrested on August 5, said Khenthong Nuanthasing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
She was alleged to have been carrying just over half a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of heroin, Reprieve lawyer Anna Morris told CNN by phone from Vientiane, the Laotian capital. “For that amount of heroin the sentence is normally the death penalty,” she said.
Apparently Ms. Orobator has also become pregnant while in custody; one suspects that this is from being rape... If the charges are accurate, then Ms. Orobator’s foolishness in attempting such a thing will most likely cost her life...Al though good judgment at age 20 is exceedingly rare.. One has to imagine, though, given the circumstances, that there is probably much more to the story In any event, execution certainly is harsh...People need to know that a kilogram is about 2.2 pounds.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Drug trafficking is illegal, I get it. But, this woman is pregnant and officials are talking about shooting her execution-style...CNN is reporting a troubling story from Laos, where a 20-year-old British woman is facing possible execution by firing squad. She is charged with drug trafficking, and is alleged to have been caught in possession of heroin at Wattay airport: