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Egypt court convicts British woman of smuggling painkillers

28 December 2017, 12:47 | Colleen Roy

Miss Plummer left could face 25 years in prison with no parole life imprisonment or even the death penalty

Miss Plummer left could face 25 years in prison with no parole life imprisonment or even the death penalty

Plummer was arrested on arrival at Hurghada airport on 9 October after a scan of her bags revealed she was carrying a large supply of Tramadol.

Smuggling drugs is an offense punishable by death under Egyptian law, and Tramadol is the most abused drug in Egypt according to Ghada Wali, the Minister for Social Solidarity. She has insisted the Tramadol tablets were for her Egyptian partner, who suffers chronic back pain.

Her family say that they have lodged an immediate appeal.

Plummer has been detained in Egypt since her arrest in October, though her legal team is now debating whether to appeal the decision.

The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just "daft".

Her lawyer Mohamed Othman said a plane ticket which showed she paid twice as much for her flights as the drugs were worth shows she was not looking to sell them. "She doesn't deserve that", she continued.

Plummer was detained on arriving at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada for a holiday with her partner, Omar Caboo. She's out there by herself. The painkiller is legal in the United Kingdom but a banned narcotic in the north African country.

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. I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station. "The judge jumped to the conclusion that she confesses before clarifying that she understood the question and this is worrying", Dia al-Bassal, Plummer's lawyer told The Telegraph.

Reacting to news of the sentence, Karl Turner, MP for Hull East, said the court's decision was "devastating" for Plummer and her family.

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".

She said he daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women, adding her daughter now looks "unrecognisable".

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