FAC­ING TRIAL

Her plea deal gone, a 30-year term looms for the al­leged drug mule

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Tplea deal. “The judge said, ‘There is a high prob­a­bil­ity that she was not guilty,” her lawyer, Or­lando Her­ran, tells WHO. “She is go­ing to be de­clared in­no­cent.”

Still, Sains­bury will have to prove the threats in a trial, with the only ev­i­dence be­ing CCTV footage of a man vis­it­ing her at her Bo­gotá ho­tel in April. Says Her­ran: “The prose­cu­tion and the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.”

If found guilty in a trial, she faces up to 30 years in prison. The prose­cu­tion now has 120 days to present ev­i­dence prov­ing Sains­bury’s in­tent. HE LAWYER FOR CASSIE Sains­bury is con­fi­dent the al­leged drug mule will soon be free. At an Aug. 9 hear­ing in Bo­gotá, Colom­bia, a judge threw out a plea deal that would have seen the South Aus­tralian sen­tenced to six years’ prison for at­tempt­ing to smug­gle 5.8kg of co­caine out of Colom­bia on April 11. Sains­bury, 22, had said she only acted be­cause her loved ones’ lives were un­der threat, and by Colom­bian law a per­son who has been co­erced by threat to com­mit a crime can­not be found guilty, in­clud­ing in a

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