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Cassie Sainsbury's Legal Team Seek 'Urgent Financial Assistance' From Aus Government

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Cassie Sainsbury's Legal Team Seek 'Urgent Financial Assistance' From Aus Government

We haven't heard from alleged drug runner Cassie Sainsbury in a while, but today she's back in the headlines and might be ready to make a plea deal.

That's according to her South American legal team, but they want cash from Aussie tax-payers to make it happen.

Today's Adelaide Advertiser claims her legal team are negotiating a potential prosecution plea deal ahead of a court hearing next week. Her Bogota-based lawyer Orlando Herran says the team needs urgent financial assistance from the Australian Government.

The former personal trainer from Adelaide has been in a maximum security Colombian women’s jail for the past 100 days after her smuggling arrest in April.

It's believed she's being encouraged to plead guilty to help reduce her sentence. Officials say if she pleads guilty the minimum sentence is six years, and could be reduced to four in exchange for information about others involved in the drug smuggling operation. If found guilty though without a deal, Cassie faces between 21 and 30 years behind bars.

Australian diplomats have also been involved, negotiating with Colombian authorities to allow any jail term to be served at home.

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