The mother of Samantha Orobator, the pregnant Briton being held in a Laos jail for heroin smuggling, has denied that her daughter was raped.

"She told me that she was not raped or sexually assaulted in prison and that the father of her unborn child is not a Lao prison official," Jane Orobator said. Orobator has been imprisoned since August, and became pregnant in December. She has claimed that she did not have sex while in prison, yet in the same letter, she states that she was not raped. However, since Orobator's release—and her stay of execution—was contingent on her willingness to publicly deny that she was assaulted, there seems to be a strong possibility that both mother and daughter are lying to save Samantha's life. [Independent &]