Via BBC News
Two women held in Peru over suspected drug trafficking have told a visiting cleric they were forced at gunpoint by Colombian gangsters to carry the drugs.
Melissa Reid, 19, from Lenzie, near Glasgow, and Michaella McCollum, 20, from Dungannon, were stopped trying to board a flight to Madrid last week.
A Catholic archbishop, Sean Walsh, visited the women in a police holding centre in Lima.
The women are due in court later where they will be formally charged.
The BBC’s Will Grant in Lima said they are expected to enter not guilty pleas.
Police said they found more than 24lb (11kg) of cocaine, with a street value of £1.5m, in food packaging in the women’s luggage at the city’s airport.
The archbishop, who has been working with prisoners in Peru for several years, said he had met with the two women for half an hour at the holding centre.
“They told me that there were a group of Colombians that actually took them at gunpoint and threatened them,” he said. Continue Reading….
I am just observing the tactics being used by the British media to generate public sympathy and support for Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum.
So far I have read numerous quotes from the suspected drug smugglers distraught and worried family members alongside family photographs, watched a live interview on Daybreak this morning with the Catholic archbishop who is supporting them out there (he believes their version of events) and read detailed reports about their current “living conditions” in Peru. Some members from within the British media are shocked and appalled that a jail cell in Peru does not resemble a room at the Premier Inn.
Melissa and Michaella are both young women , relatively attractive and Caucasian so it really comes as no surprise to me that they are being treated with kid gloves by the mainstream media and being portrayed as innocent terrified victims. Regardless of how bad the situation is the media has always had this tendency to pick and choose who they support and who they give major news coverage to based on the individual/s looks, class, age, gender and race.
If Melissa and Michaella were two young black women the reaction and treatment from the media would be very different and I doubt there would be a Catholic archbishop running to their aid either.
No, they would have no choice but to make friends with the prison guards and their fellow inmates because that jail would be ‘home’ for the foreseeable future.
But mark my words Melissa and Michaella will be home soon. I look forward to reading all about the media led campaign that will be set up soon PASSIONATELY calling for their release.
Your thoughts please…