A Colombian judge has suspended a hearing on whether to allow Adelaide woman Cassie Sainsbury to serve a six-year jail term under a plea deal with prosecutors to consider whether it is legal.
The shock decision came after Sainsbury told the court she had agreed to smuggle drugs only because her family and fiance had been threatened.
Those comments may endanger the deal the 22-year-old had struck with prosecutors to serve just six years instead of at least 20 in return for information on the ring.
Sainsbury told the court in Bogota on Thursday morning that she "didn't want to take any package anywhere" but did so under coercion.
"I was told that my family and partner would be killed," she said when asked what would happen if she didn't agree.
When questioned by Judge Leon why she had made the plea bargain if she had been threatened, she said she had no choice.
"I've accepted the charges because the one thing I cannot take away from the evidence is that the drug was in my suitcase and I was carrying that," she said.
"I have to take responsibility for that."
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Judge Leon said Sainsbury's explanation raised questions about whether the deal should be confirmed and stopped Thursday's hearing.