Published Monday, 02 September 2013
The two women after being arrested by police in Peru. (© UTV)
Melissa Reid, from Scotland, was arrested alongside Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum at an airport in Lima last month after cocaine worth £1.5m was found in luggage.
William Reid said she should plead guilty because of how the law operates in Peru.
Speaking to Daybreak on Monday morning, he explained: "That is based on having been over in Peru and understanding more about their legal system, where they appear to operate on the basis that you're guilty unless you can prove your innocence.
In fact there's very little detective work to do over there, they say they got girls with drugs in their case at the airport and that's their case finished
"They've given the girls three options that would enable them to be freed - if they can take the authorities to where there are guns, more drugs or named individuals, the arrest of these named individuals, now none of these is going to be able to do."
Police said they found a total of 24lb (11kg) of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £1.5m, hidden in the women's luggage while they tried to board a flight to Spain.
Michaella and Melissa both maintain that they knew the drugs were in their bags, but that a gang forced them at gunpoint to carry the cocaine.
The accused, who are both 20, are currently being held in at Virgen de Fatima jail. The two women were remanded in custody after appearing before a judge last week.
Michaella's lawyer Peter Madden said she hasn't decided whether to plead guilty or not.
He said: "They are basically confident enough that what they have told the authorities will be eventually proved. The Peruvian system is still that they are innocent until proven guilty, but in reality they have to try to prove that what they said happened to them did happen."
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