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Reacting to Samantha Orobator's lawyer's argument to a British court that her
trial in Laos lacked justice, Lao
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesman Kenthong Nouanthasing said the lawyer's argument was pure fabrication
created to use as a ground for Samantha's release from imprisonment.
Samantha Orobator's lawyer had argued that his client's trial by a Lao
People's court last year was a
denial of justice. The British woman, who was pregnant, was spared the death penalty and sentenced to life imprisonment after
being convicted of a drug crime, and later extradited to Great Britain. The lawyer further claimed that, while
being imprisoned in Laos, she was pressured into pleading guilty to the crime and had
no chance to defend herself freely and fairly.
In response to the lawyer's
claim, Mr. Kenthong Nouanthasing contended that the lawyer's
argument was a fabrication aiming to create a bad image for Laos' judicial procedure,
so that he could use it as a ground to convince the British High
Court to release Samantha. Kenthong stressed
that if the British High Court did rule in favor of Samantha
Orobator's lawyer, it would jeopardize the extradition
treaty signed by the two countries.
The Lao spokesman also revealed that a male British prisoner is currently being held in a Lao prison on similar charges and waiting to be tried, and that if the British High
Court made a decision to free Samantha, that would enable Laos
to reject any future request by Great Britain to repatriate prisoners held in different criminal cases in Laos.
Samantha Orobator, a former medical student,
had admitted to self-impregnating with sperm from a fellow British inmate while being imprisoned in Vientiane so that she could escape the death penalty. She was extradited to Great Britain in August of last year. Ruling on her appeal last January, the British High Court commuted her life imprisonment sentence to just 18