DRUG mules Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have yet to make a fresh bid to strike a deal with prosecutors and secure a shorter prison sentence, it emerged yesterday.
The pair were hauled back to court last Tuesday after being told their guilty pleas were not good enough. They expanded on statements they made a week earlier in the hope of avoiding trial on drugs trafficking charges and receiving jail sentences of just over six-and-a-half years.
But prosecutors said last night they had yet to receive any official request from the women's lawyers for an early termination of the case.
Juan Mendoza Abarca, the head of the anti-drugs unit prosecuting the pair, said: "We have received no request yet from Melissa and Michaella's lawyers requesting an early termination."
It was reported that the women, who were arrested on August 6 as they tried to leave Peru with 11kg of cocaine in their cases, had been moved from Virgen de Fatima prison in Lima to another.
However, a Prison Service spokesman said: "The women continue to be held in Virgen de Fatima prison."
Prosecutors have adopted a carrot and stick approach towards the pair, both aged 20, since their arrests at Lima's Jorge Chavez airport as they tried to board a flight to Spain.
But their guilty pleas in court were rejected when they continued to insist they were coerced into becoming mules after being kidnapped by Colombian gangsters in Ibiza.
Dr Mendoza has hinted that the women could be free by Christmas if they help track down the Mr Bigs behind the gang and testify against them.
A spokesman for Callao Criminal Court said: "The hearing in front of judge Pedro Miguel Puente Bardales took place because on September 25 state prosecutors asked that before the early termination hearing, the defendants expand on their court statements. The court arranged for that to happen.
"At a previous hearing both women had accepted their guilt for the crimes they were accused of, showing their repentance and asking at the same time to be accepted within the early termination process."