Egypt imprisons British woman alongside Jihadi terrorists for Tramadol

Saul Bowman
December 28, 2017

Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested after she was found with the Tramadol tablets in her suitcase on 9 October.

She claims she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain and had no idea what she was doing was wrong, given the tablets are legal in the UK.

Plummer's family fears that she will not able to survive the horrid conditions of prison life in Egypt.

Until now, Laura's family has been paying someone to take her food three times a week because she "doesn't have the character" to fight her way to a share of food which is thrown on to the cell floor once a day. "Just an absolute nightmare".

Her lawyers argued that her "confession" of intending to sell the drugs was mistaken because she did not understand the question in court.

She added: "There was nothing on the travel guide website when visiting Egypt that says you can not take Tramadol into the country".

Jayne, 40, said: "It's really underhand - my mum went to Cairo to where they were told she would be but when she turned up she wasn't there".

Her lawyer said Plummer would appeal, seeking to reverse the verdict or get a commuted sentence, which is possible in the two months after sentencing.


Rachel Plummer said mother Roberta Synclair had been in the Egyptian court for the shock judgment and saw her sobbing daughter being taken away in a "cage".

Synclair noted that a translation error happened during a court hearing on Christmas Day which led the judge to think Laura had pleaded guilty.

About 14 million tourists visit Egypt annually and many people are not aware of laws in the country including the ban on tramadol which attracts serious penalties. But she thought she was asked whether she simply possessed it, and said yes, the lawyers said.

The inmate who was tasked with looking after Laura is behind bars because she slit her best friend's throat, said the Brit's family. "She had only 320 pills".

"I am hopeful that good sense will eventually prevail", he told BBC Radio 4's The World At One.

The Plummers' MP, Karl Turner, said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt had raised her case with Egyptian authorities.

"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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