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

Saul Bowman
December 27, 2017

The woman's family maintains she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain, and described her as "naive".

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.

Her devastated family said her lawyers have lodged an immediate appeal. Her lawyers have launched an appeal. "It's not fair. She wanted to help, he is the kindest person". She's done it in all innocence. I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station. "She doesnt deserve that", Rachel said.

Her trial is due to begin tomorrow.

Sister Rachel Plummer said: "My mum's obviously devastated".

"We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better - anything less than three years".

The Sun reports that Plummer said she's been "daft" by putting the pain pills in her suitcase before travelling.


Miss Plummer's Christmas Day court appearance was thought to be the beginning of her trial but there is a possibility the case could be adjourned to another date.

He said: "Unfortunately ministers can only do so much, the judiciary in Egypt is independent and impartial and the judge will come to a view without any outside influence", adding that the evidence she didn't know the drug was banned was "pretty clear".

While drug smuggling carries a death sentence in Egypt, it is more likely Miss Plummer could be jailed for seven years if convicted.

He told Sky News: "For someone to be found guilty of drugs smuggling they have to be aware that they are possessing narcotics".

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.

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".

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.

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