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Michaella McCollum homecoming: Night out planned with fellow jail bird Kaouthar Essafi

By Deborah McAleese

Published 15/08/2016

Michaella (right) in top Lima restaurant Cala with her pal Kaouthar Essafi
Michaella (right) in top Lima restaurant Cala with her pal Kaouthar Essafi
Michaella with her pal Kaouthar Essafi enjoying themselves across Lima
Michaella with her pal Kaouthar Essafi enjoying themselves across Lima
Michaella with her pal Kaouthar Essafi enjoying themselves across Lima

Michaella McCollum has arranged to meet up with fellow cocaine smuggler Kaouthar Essafi, who she befriended in prison.

McCollum and Essafi spent the past few months enjoying their freedom partying together in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

While McCollum has been allowed to return home, Dutch national Essafi is awaiting permission to return to the Netherlands. Once she is free to leave the pair have arranged to meet somewhere in Europe.

In a message to McCollum on Facebook at the weekend Essafi wrote : "Enjoy ur lost time with ur family.. leave ur past behind and start a new chapter using al the experiences u have learned from.. it wasn't easy.. but we did manage to enjoy some unforgettable moments.. see u soon in europe kyla".

Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of her club hostess outfits
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
First television interview of Michaella McCollum Connolly after being released on parole from a Peruvian prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing in Lima, Peru, clutching the book 'Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know: Ten principles for spiritual and emotional fulfillment' (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives to court for her sentencing in Callao, Peru (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum, both handcuffed, arrive for a court hearing in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum, left, and Melissa Reid listen to a translator during their hearing at court in Callao, Peru (AP)
Police escort Melissa Reid, front, and Michaella McCollum to a hearing in Lima, Peru (AP)
Police escort Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid from the National Police anti-drug headquarters in Peru (AP)
Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and friend Melissa Reid in the airport after they were arrested
Michaella McCollum Connolly with rugby star Tommy Bowe while doing promotional work at an official Ulster Rugby event
Santa Monica female prison in Peru
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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Michaella and Melissa caught on CCTV loading bags into a car in Peru
Michaella McCollum, centre, and Melissa Reid leave the court after being sentenced in Peru.
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Michaella McCollum, right, and Melissa Reid, left, were jailed in Peru last year after they admitted trying to smuggle cocaine worth 1.5 million pounds from Peru to Spain (AP)
Michaella McCollum's mother Norah McCollum and sister Samantha McCollum vist the Peru prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly with reality TV star Mark Wright at a promotional night hosted by Belfast's M Club

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