Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Update on Orobator

For a refresher on Orobator's jailing in Laos, see my previous post. There's an article over at CNN's site detailing (I use this word loosely) the results of her trial in Laos. She has been sentenced to life in prison, a sentence that she will be serving back home if she consents to transfer.

If you'll recall, she became pregnant after she was imprisoned, which reeks heavily of rape. Which makes the title of the CNN article all the more appalling "Life for pregnant Briton in Laos trial." She wasn't fucking pregnant when she was arrested! As for her pregnancy, the article has this to say:

The circumstances under which she became pregnant in prison remain unclear.

She told her mother she was not raped in prison and that the father is not a Lao prison official.

A newspaper run by the Lao government reported Orobator as saying she impregnated herself with the sperm of another prisoner being held in the same jail.

I'm calling bullshit on that last part. First off, she's imprisoned where there are other male prisoners. Second, there are male guards. It (sadly) is not unheard of for male prisoners or guards to rape a female prisoner. And even telling her mother that she wasn't raped doesn't negate that she was raped--she's in a prison, probably still in proximity to her rapist. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of fear she now exists in.

H/T: Commenter wiggles for the link