Supporters of UNC physics professor Paul Frampton, who remains in an Argentine prison seven months after being jailed, are still working toward his release.
Frampton was arrested at a Buenos Aires airport in January on charges of smuggling cocaine but has steadfastly maintained his innocence. In recent months he has found some support on campus and internationally.
UNC mathematics professor Mark Williams is leading the effort to expedite Frampton’s release.
“I think (Frampton) realizes now that there’s a good chance he might be convicted,” Williams said.
“It’s going to take a little bit of a miracle to get him out of there.”
The charges against Frampton have received international attention, as Clarin, a newspaper in Argentina, published an article about his case.
Williams said a British reporter also contacted supporters about producing a TV documentary about Frampton’s plight.
He said the documentary might be aired on MSNBC in the near future, and supporters hope it will lead to more publicity and donations.
Williams said Frampton’s case has received more international publicity than in the U.S. He added that another UNC professor is contacting the U.S. Department of State.