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Where is British prisoner John Watson?

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:36 UK time, Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Six years ago, a British man from Bradford was arrested and jailed in Laos. John Watson was accused of smuggling amphetamines and was sentenced to life in prison in 2006. At the time of his arrest, the Watson family chose not to publicise his case, hoping they could quietly convince the Laos authorities to let him serve his sentence in the UK. BUT his name hit the headlines earlier this year - when another British prisoner - Samantha Orabator identified Mr Watson as the father of her unborn child. In a statement read in court on her behalf by the local prosecutor - she claimed to have artificially inseminated herself using John Watson's semen, and by becoming pregnant, avoided the death penalty for drug smuggling. Almost 3 wks ago, Samantha Orabtor was transferred to a British prison.

Meanwhile - Mr Watson was moved from a jail in the Laos capital Some reports say he has been taken to another jail that campaigners say is renowned for it's torture. But his actual whereabouts are unknown. This morning we'll talk to Mr Watson's sister who's never spoken about her brother's case before.

Also today, will banning GBL (it will become a Class C drug by the end of the year) stop people taking it?


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