Wednesday 28 September 2016

Drug Mule Melissa Reid could be home 'very soon' after Peru authorities agree to her 'expulsion'

Published 27/04/2016 | 12:51

Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police
Michaella McCollum with Melissa Reid from Scotland. Photo: AP Photo/Peru's National Police
Smuggling: Michaella and Melissa. Photo: Mariana Bazo.

Drugs mule Melissa Reid could be home "very soon" after Peruvian authorities agreed to expel her from the country.

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Reports have suggested that the 22-year-old, arrested alongside Irishwoman Michaella McCollum, was given clearance to leave after a court appearance yesterday.

Reid was asking to be allowed home to her family in Scotland, less than a month after McCollum was released on bail in Peru.

Reid is seeking to serve the remainder of her six-year sentence closer to home, in Scotland

Melissa Reid, of Britain, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Reid along with Irish-born Michaella McCollum, were detained on Aug. 6 at Lima's airport for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine on a flight to Spain and were formally charged for drug trafficking. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Melissa Reid, of Britain, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Reid along with Irish-born Michaella McCollum, were detained on Aug. 6 at Lima's airport for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine on a flight to Spain and were formally charged for drug trafficking. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

The BBC is reporting that a spokeswoman for the British embassy in Lima said Reid had been "granted expulsion back to the UK", and would be returning home, but refused to comment further.

However, a spokesman for the Foreign Office told the broadcaster no official decision had been made confirming her return.

He added: "We continue to provide consular assistance."

Furthermor the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) said it has had no contact from the Peruvian authorities about Reid.

However the SPS believes she may be expelled from Peru without having to serve the remainder of her sentence.

An SPS spokesman said it would only be notified if she was set to serve the remainder of her sentence in Scotland.

Ms McCollum was released on bail earlier this month and must stay in the country until her sentence is completed.

The move highlights the two different approaches both women have taken to secure their freedom.

Michaella McCollum, pictured giving an interview to RTE last week
Michaella McCollum, pictured giving an interview to RTE last week

The drug mules were imprisoned in 2013 for six years and eight months after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth €1.9m from Peru to Spain.

Following her release last month McCollum told RTE she had been "very naive".

"I was so young, very insecure," she said.

"A lot of times I didn't know how to say no to somebody. I kind of just followed along with it."

She said she now regretted her crime. "I made a decision in a moment of madness. I'm not a bad person," she said.

"I want to demonstrate that I'm a good person."

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