The attorney of the Irish woman held on drug smuggling charges in Peru has said she will deny the charges brought against her when she appears in court.
The 20-year-old Irish woman and her co-accused, Melissa Reid (19) from Lenzie near Glasgow, claim they were forced at gunpoint to carry $2.2 million of cocaine that was found in their luggage when they tried to board a flight from Lima to Madrid last week.
Their first court appearance is expected on Friday. They have been held in an anti-drugs police unit since their arrest on August 6th.
The two young women claim they were held captive in Spain for a number of days before they were forced to travel to Peru against their will. They have said they were offered no money to transport the class A drug.
Speaking at Belfast CIty Airport before his trip to Peru, Madden said the young woman was doing well in police custody, adding it is a difficult position for a “young girl” to be in.
“It is a question of considering what the state prosecutor is proposing to do,” he said.
“If she is charged, there will be a trial so it could take a while,” he said
“I got the impression she is bearing up fairly well over the circumstances.”