Egypt jails British woman Laura Plummer for 'smuggling painkillers'

Lucy Bush
December 28, 2017

Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the United Kingdom but which is banned in Egypt.

Egyptian authorities have banned Tramadol, an opioid pain medication, because it is often abused there as a recreational drug or taken by people to increase alertness and even sexual stamina. She is said to have been taking 29 sheets of the medicinal to her Egyptian husband Omar, who suffers from back pain caused by an accident.

Sister Rachel Plummer said: "My mum's obviously devastated". She said that the family has rested its hopes on the appeal.

According to The Guardian, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson has told Plummer's MP Karl Turner that he will do everything possible to help Plummer and her family. "She's out there by herself", she said.

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"I don't think she's tough enough to survive it", he said. "She doesn't deserve that", she continued.

33-year old Laura Plummer from Hull, England, was handed the three-year sentence for drug smuggling on Tuesday.

Her mother Roberta Sinclair had travelled to Egypt for the Boxing Day hearing which had been adjourned from Christmas Day because Laura was too upset.

She said her daughter has now been moved to another police station ahead of her move to prison.

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Mohamed Anan, general manager of customs in Hurghada, made the decision to to pursue legal action against her, before General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek transferred the case to the Criminal Court.

They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.

There had been concerns that she could face up to 25 years in jail, or even the death penalty.

The trial was held this morning with a new interpreter and she was jailed by a judge for three years and fined around £4,200. He said the court could also not prove she brought them into the country to sell them.

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According to her family, Laura has been held in a packed cell with 25 other female prisoners since her arrest in October, and has been having suicidal thoughts.

Other reports by Info About Network

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