Brit Mom Pleads for Pregnant Daughter in Laos Prison

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2009 4:22 AM CDT
Pregnant Londoner Samantha Orobator will face mandatory death by firing squad in Laos this week if she's found guilty of drug smuggling.   (AP Photo/Reprieve, Ho)

(Newser) – The mom of a pregnant London woman who may face a Laotian firing squad for drug smuggling pleaded with government officials to save "my baby, my angel," reports the Telegraph. "I'm appealing to the British government, to the Laos authorities, to please release her. I'm down on my knees. Please bring her back to me," begged Jane Orobator.

Her 20-year-old daughter, Samantha, has been languishing in a Laotian prison, where she was impregnated, for nine months. She has yet to meet with legal representation and will face a mandatory death sentence if she's convicted of heroin charges. A Laotian official insisted the trial "will be carried out fairly."
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