The pregnant Briton accused of drug smuggling in Laos could serve her sentence in the UK if found guilty, Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell has said.
Samantha Orobator, of south London, has been held in jail in the country since last August after she was allegedly caught with 1.5lb of heroin.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband signed a prisoner transfer agreement with the Laos government at a meeting yesterday.
The deputy prime minister of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith, discussed the case at the meeting in London.
Mr Rammell said: “I pressed our concerns on behalf of Samantha with the deputy prime minister.
“He said the Lao authorities understood the need for Samantha to receive good medical and nutritional care.
“Dr Sisoulith also assured me that a pregnant woman would not receive a death sentence.”