Friday, 19 October, 2018

United Kingdom woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt for carrying painkillers

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Faye Gross | 27 December, 2017, 05:09

A British woman has been jailed for three years in Egypt after accidentally confessing to smuggling drugs.

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested in October after she was found carrying in her suitcase Tramadol tablets, which is listed as an illegal drug in Egypt for its wide use as a heroin substitute.

The painkillers are legal in the United Kingdom but banned 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.

She said the family were planning an immediate appeal. It is understood that...

She said the family were trying to find out more details about what happened in the courtroom yesterday. She's out there by herself.

She said: "We're just hoping".

Mr Dia al-Bassal, Ms Plummer's lawyer, said there was a lack of criminal intent because she was unaware that the pills were banned in Egypt. She will probably be dead if she has to stay in there for three years.

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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".

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. The court also ruled that she must pay a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($A7,840).

Her family has been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.

Ms Plummer appeared in court on Christmas Day but the judge adjourned the case for a day because of her condition.

She was arrested at Hurghada Airport on October 9, and signed a 38-page document written in Arabic as she thought it would grant her freedom.

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".

"This is a decent woman who has made a bad mistake who shouldn't be incarcerated in any prison, never mind an Egyptian prison".

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