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Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

27 December 2017, 01:11 | Marta Robbins

Laura Plummer, 33 could face the death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges leveled against her

Laura Plummer, 33 could face the death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges leveled against her

The 33-year-old shopkeeper, Laura Plummer, was arrested on October 9 after police found close to 300 pills of Tramadol packed in her luggage at Egypt's Hurghada International Airport, according to the BBC.

Possessing Tramadol without a prescription is a felony in Egypt.

The case revolves around 290 Tramadol she took with her to Egypt for her lover Omar Caboo, 33, who suffers from back pain, but neither he nor Miss Plummer's family accompanied her in court.

The black market for Tramadol has grown in Egypt over the past decade, with many using the drug recreationally as a heroin substitute.

She said their mother Roberta Sinclair, who travelled to the country for the hearing, and Mr Caboo were denied access to the hearing as their driver was running late.

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

According to a Facebook group set up by her family, she appeared in court in Egypt on St Stephen's Day and was jailed for three years.

She says she has no idea what she doing was illegal and was just "daft" after being given the Class C painkillers by a work friend.

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Her trial is due to begin tomorrow.

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.

He said: "Apparently something was lost in translation, the defence lawyer wasn't confident that Laura was understanding the questions first of all, and the interpreter wasn't correctly translating what Laura was saying in her answers".

Her legal team are to put in a bail application that could see Laura freed from the detention centre where she has been since October 9.

The Foreign Office is believed to be trying to have Laura moved to another prison in Cairo where another British prisoner is being held.

Her mother said Plummer's been "living in hell", sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women, adding her daughter now looks "unrecognizable".

They said she did not try to hide the medication and initially thought it was a joke when she was pulled up by officials.

The family's local MP Karl Turner said: "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play".



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