The British and Irish women arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in Peru have said they were forced to act at gunpoint by Colombian gangsters, it was claimed.
Sean Walsh, an Irish-American archbishop with the Eastern Catholic Church, visited the pair in Lima and claimed Melissa Reid, 19, from Scotland, and Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, had no choice but to follow orders.
He claimed the women were held for a while by the gang before being taken to Morocco and back again to Peru.
The two women, who are accused of smuggling an estimated £1.5 million worth of cocaine out of South America, are due to appear in court tomorrow.
Peter Madden, the solicitor to the family of MsMcCollum Connolly, released a statement tonight saying he was confident the 20-year-old would be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Earlier, a video emerged of the pair moments after they were arrested in Peru on suspicion of drug trafficking.
Ms Reid and Ms McCollum Connolly were arrested in Lima a week ago while trying to board a flight to Madrid.
Peruvian police claim the pair were found with 24lb of cocaine hidden in food in their luggage.
In the video, Ms Reid says "I was forced to take these bags in my luggage," and added that "she did not know" her bag contained drugs.
Both Ms Reid and Ms McCollum Connolly left their home for separate holidays in Ibiza earlier this summer.
Ms McCollum Connolly was at the centre of an online social media appeal last week after her family said she had not contacted them for 12 days.The first they heard was when she turned up in Peruvian police custody.
The mother of Ms Reid, who flew to Ibiza in June, told reporters she believed her daughter was on the party island and had no idea she had travelled to South America.
Lead investigator Major Manuel Siclla told the Scottish Sun the women were worried about "what the future holds for them".
A guard in Lima told the Daily Mirror that they had refused to eat or drink, and they were "terrified and emotional".
It is understood the pair are being held separately in maximum-security holding cells.
The Foreign Office in London confirmed it is helping a British national and the Irish Embassy in Mexico City is also helping Ms McCollum Connolly and her family.