Peru pair taken to court to hear drug smuggling charges

Michaella McCollum Connolly (L) and Melissa Reid being taken from prison to a court hearing.
Michaella McCollum Connolly (L) and Melissa Reid being taken from prison to a court hearing. Credit: Reuters

Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have been taken from the Peruvian prison where they have been held for eight weeks to a court hearing of the drug smuggling charges.

One or both of the British women are expected to plead guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors to secure a shorter sentence.

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Peru drug pleas 'not enough'

A Peruvian prosecutor has objected to the guilty pleas from two young British women caught smuggling almost 12 kilos of cocaine. He said he wants more details from Melissa Reed and Michaella McCollum about the case return for reduced sentences.