Pregnant British inmate to leave Laos

Briton Samantha Orobator was sentenced to life in prison for heroin smuggling.
A pregnant British woman, who was jailed in Laos on drug charges, will leave from the capital, Vientiane, on Thursday for Britain, said an official from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Samantha Orobator, in her third trimester, is expected to arrive on home soil early Friday, the official added. Orobator was jailed last August after being arrested with about a half-kilogram of heroin at the airport in Vientiane, officials have said. She received a life sentence for drug trafficking. Lao authorities had agreed to release Orobator and John Watson, another Briton jailed on drug charges from jail after signing a deal with British authorities last week. Her story made international headlines after she became pregnant in jail and her mother pleaded for her release.

The circumstances under which Orobator became pregnant in prison remain unclear. She told her mother she was not raped and that the father is not a prison official. A government-run Lao newspaper reported that Orobator said she impregnated herself with sperm from another prisoner.