Welsh mother pleads with David Cameron for help over Dominican Republic prisoner
Nicole Reyes, 37, has spent almost a year behind bars after her husband Jorge, 38, died in a road collision in the Dominican Republic on July 9 last year
The mother of a woman locked up in a Dominican Republic jail has written to the Prime Minister in “desperation” for help in securing her daughter’s release.
Nicole Reyes, 37, has spent almost a year behind bars after her husband Jorge, 38, died in a road collision in the Dominican Republic on July 9 last year.
Her mother Jeannette Clements said his death was a “terrible accident” and that her daughter was immediately arrested but has never been charged.
Nicole has appeared before the courts on several occasions including in January when a video was filmed of the proceedings and posted on the website YouTube.
In the latest hearing on Thursday, Ms Reyes appeared in court in Puerto Plata but Mrs Clements said the case was adjourned until June 24.
In a four-page letter to David Cameron shown to WalesOnline, Mrs Clements said Nicole had written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) telling them she is contemplating suicide as she cannot take any more.
Mrs Clements wrote: “My daughter feels like she is being tortured every single day. I have to listen to her sobbing with how ill she is and I have to listen to her telling me she wants to die.”
She told the Prime Minister: “Our lawyer has told us that if the trial goes ahead in Puerto Plata, despite her being innocent, Nicole will be convicted and she will face up to 30 years in prison.”
Mrs Clements said she wrote to the FCO two weeks ago asking about her daughter’s human rights and said she is waiting for a reply.
In her letter to Mr Cameron, Mrs Clements wrote: “I must stress that the time is past for the Foreign Office to continue to spout platitudes and if something is not done quite soon, the result for Nicole and my family could be disastrous.”
Mrs Clements and her husband Mike have been caring for Nicole’s teenage children Leah and Luke at their home in Rumney, Cardiff, while Nicole has been in prison.
Mrs Clements said: “My argument is that she’s still not been charged. They’ve got no evidence and no witnesses. Why are they still holding her? Why is all of this still going on?”
She added: “If I don’t get any joy from the Prime Minister, I’m going to London – if I have to chain myself to Downing Street I will. I can’t go on like this. My daughter is in such a state. Each day it’s getting worse.”
A FCO spokeswoman said last night: “We are aware of the detention of a British national, Nicole Reyes in connection with the death of a Dominican national in July 2012.
“We have been providing consular assistance to Mrs Reyes and her family since her detention and we continue to do so. Stephen Doughty MP and Mrs Reyes’ parents met FCO officials on 3 April to discuss the case.”
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