Press conference announced: The return of Samantha Orobator

August 7, 2009

Image of Samantha Orobator

1pm, Friday 7th August 2009

Room G09
Freshfields Northcliffe House
28 Tudor St, London EC4Y 0AY

Reprieve will hold a press conference regarding Samantha Orobator, the 20 year old British woman who faced the death penalty in Laos, upon her return to the UK.

Speakers: Clive Stafford Smith OBE, Sarah Ludford MEP, Jane Orobator (Samantha’s mother), Ronke Oseni (Samantha’s friend); statements from Samantha.

Samantha was arrested in Wattay Airport, held without a lawyer for many months and, after what was essentially a show trial, was sentenced to life in prison. She returns to the UK thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding and Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) negotiated by the Lao and UK governments. Under the PTA, Samantha is required to go directly to prison, and she faces giving birth there in September.


For more information please contact Katherine O’Shea at Reprieve’s Press Office 020 7427 1099/ 07931592674.

Notes for Editors:

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives. Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

Reprieve’s current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror.’

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