Hull woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt

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.

She said she was unaware the drug, which is legal in the United Kingdom, was banned in Egypt.

The 33-year-old claimed she didn't know they were illegal and had taken them for her Egyptian lover Omar Caboo's bad back. She made no effort to hide the tablets, which the BBC reports she obtained from a friend.

There had been concerns that she could face up to 25 years in jail, or even the death penalty.

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Until her sentence is reduced, Plummer's family will keep worrying.

According to a Facebook group set up by her family, she appeared in court in Egypt on Boxing Day and was jailed for three years, the Press Association reported. "She doesn't deserve that".

"My mum's obviously devastated". Plummer's mother, Roberta Sinclair and Plummer's partner Omar were reportedly present outside the courthouse. She's out there by herself.

Tuesday's verdict, which came as a surprise in what was meant to be a session devoted to defense arguments, can be appealed.

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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.

The Plummers' local member of parliament, Karl Turner, said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt had raised her case with Egyptian authorities. "Even half of that would be better", the Guardian quoted Laura's sister Rachel as saying.

Her other sister Jayne Synclair said Plummer had only been trying to help her partner.

The drug was officially deemed as the most used in Egypt in 2015, when the country's Anti Addiction Fund said 40.7% of the population were using it. "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play", Turner said.

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"[She was] going to visit her partner in Egypt, taking what she thought was a painkiller and no more than that", he said. He said the court could also not prove she brought them into the country to sell them.


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