Woman jailed for drug smuggling in Qatar blames system for plight

By |2018-02-22T08:11:12+00:00December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

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A Colombian woman who initially faced the death penalty for smuggling drugs into Qatar has told Doha News that her incarceration is the result of systematic errors in the country’s judicial system.

Martha Castellano, whose sentence has since been knocked down to 15 years, said a lack of legal help and translation during her arrest, trial and appeal have led to her being unable to challenge her current status.

She said there was no translator when she was arrested and that she had no lawyer to represent her during vital court appearances, despite her right to one.

This caused her to miss opportunities to protest her innocence and argue for a more lenient sentence, she said.

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