Published Wednesday, 25 September 2013
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Michaella McCollum Connolly from Dungannon and Melissa Reid from Scotland were arrested in August at a Lima airport.
The 20-year-olds pleaded guilty to drugs offences behind closed doors before a judge at Sarita Colonia prison on Tuesday.
They claimed they were held at gunpoint and threatened by a Columbian drugs gang to smuggle 24lb of cocaine - thought to be worth around £1.5m - which was found hidden inside food packages in their luggage as they attempted to board a flight to Spain.
But it has been revealed that the prosecution now wants a full admission that they made up the story about being kidnapped by a gang and forced to carry the drugs.
A judge was due to sentence the women on 1 October following their recent appearance.
If they stick to that unbelievable story the prosecution is not going to allow them the benefit of a guilty plea.
Prosecutor Juan Rosas
Prosecutor Juan Rosas said that he will ask for a new hearing to give the pair the chance to offer a more complete confession.
"The prosecution thinks the charges have not yet been completely embraced. They have simply accepted transporting drugs, but what has not yet been examined is their original version - that they were kidnapped or were transporting the drugs against their will," Mr Rosas said.
"As far as the prosecution is concerned, these citizens were never kidnapped, were never threatened or coerced.
McCollum and Reid decided to plead guilty in exchange for a lower sentence. The women, who had been working on Ibiza, were told that they could face a minimum of six years and eight months in prison with no eligibility for parole.
In accordance with the Peruvian justice system, the full details of what happened during their court appearance cannot be disclosed.
Earlier a statement from Belfast solicitor Peter Madden said: "I intend to travel to Lima next week to attend the sentencing hearing and after the sentence is handed down by the judge, it will be possible to make further comment."
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