Two women held over suspected drug trafficking in Peru have claimed they were forced to act at gunpoint by Colombian gangsters.
A churchman who visited the pair in a police holding centre in Lima claimed the two women - Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, from Co Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, 19, from Lenzie near Glasgow - had no choice but to follow orders.
Sean Walsh, an Irish-American archbishop with the Eastern Catholic Church, said: "They told me that there were a group of Colombians that actually took them at gunpoint and threatened them."
The Archbishop said the women were held for a while by the gang before being taken to Morocco and back again to Peru.
"I don't know how that happened, and I don't know how they got over to Peru," he said.
"There's no direct flight from Morocco, they go through Spain probably, but if they threatened them in some way that to me seems like a credible defence."