Egypt jails British woman Laura Plummer for 'smuggling painkillers'

Dec 28, 2017, 00:46
Egypt jails British woman Laura Plummer for 'smuggling painkillers'

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested on October 9 at Hurghada Airport for possessing 290 pills of Tramadol, a pain-relieving drug which is illegal in Egypt but not in the UK.

Tramadol is a Class C prescription drug in the United Kingdom but is banned in Egypt as it is widely used as a heroin substitute. Plummer's family said she did not realize Tramadol was illegal in Egypt when she made a decision to bring the pills to help with her husband's chronic back pain, which she obtained from a friend, the BBC reports.

The family have also denied reports in the media that Caboo has abandoned Plummer for any other wife and/or girlfriend, saying he is "heartbroken" and has stood by her side since day one. She said that the family has rested its hopes on the appeal.

She said: "She's answered some questions wrong because she's not understanding them, she obviously can't think straight. 3 years is too long she's had enough punishment!" "She doesn't deserve that". She's out there by herself. I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station.

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The trial was rescheduled with a new interpreter on Tuesday, where a judge handed her three years in prison.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".

"It's not fair", Laura told her lawyer.

"It clearly is a banned substance and whilst we must respect the law of other countries there must be good sense and fair play as well".

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They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and thought it was a joke when she was taken aside by officials.

Sinclair said her daughter was being held in bad conditions in a communal cell in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.

Mohamed Osman, Plummer's lawyer, told the Guardian that translation issues in the Red Sea criminal court in the Egyptian town of Hurghada caused the postponement of the trial, after Plummer's statements were wrongly translated to the judge.

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