Briton gets 3-year jail term in Egypt for smuggling classified painkillers
00:41, Dec 27, 2017
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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 painkiller Laura was carrying is a prescription drug in the United Kingdom but is 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.
Ms Plummer's lawyer Mohamed Othman said the allegations against his client were "illogical" as her plane ticket was "double the price" of the pills. It is understood that...
Her family have insisted she has been treated fairly by the Egyptian justice system, which will today decide whether to postpone her hearing or accept a bail offer. She will probably be dead if she has to stay in there for three years.
Laura Plummer, left, was sentenced to prison time for smuggling drugs into Egypt that she claimed were for her boyfriend Omar Caboo, at right. Were just hoping. Even half of that would be better.
She said Ms Plummer made no attempt to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was first pulled over by officials when she flew into the country for a holiday with Mr Caboo.
Her family told British newspapers she bought the tablets for her Egyptian partner living in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
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. But she thought she was asked whether she simply possessed it, and said yes, the lawyers said.
A Foreign 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". One of Plummer's sisters, Jayne Sinclair, told the BBC that not even her husband knew she was bringing in the pills to warn her of their status in the country.
"I just can't believe it, she couldn't do three months, now it's three years", Roberta Sinclair, Ms Plummer's mother, told the Telegraph.
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