Egypt court convicts British woman of smuggling painkillers

Geneva Matthews
December 28, 2017

The 33-year-old from Hull was arrested on 9 October after the authorities discovered the prescription drugs Tramadol and Naproxen in her suitcase.

Tramadol, a prescription opiate and painkiller, is banned in Egypt and is used as a recreational drug for its cheap price and relaxing, re-energizing high, as well as its supposed aphrodisiac qualities.

Ms Plummer had insisted that the tramadol tablets were for her Egyptian partner, Omar Abdel Aziz, known as "Caboo", 31, who suffers from chronic back pain.

In an interview with the British newspaper the Guardian, Rachel Plummer - Laura's sister - expressed her shock at the final verdict. Plummer's family is to lodge an appeal against the sentence, but Rachel Plummer said it was not clear whether the appeal would be heard on Tuesday.

The family has previously said Plummer had no idea that what she was doing was illegal and was just "daft".

"We had a big problem today", he said.

Turner did acknowledge that she was naive but that she was honest and hardworking too. "She doesn't deserve that", she continued.

"We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better - anything less than three years". "[She was] going to visit her partner in Egypt, taking what she thought was a painkiller and no more than that", he told the BBC. "It's hard and I can't believe it after waiting for two months", she told the BBC.

They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and thought it was a joke when she was taken aside by officials.

Her father, Nevile Plummer, said his daughter's hair had started falling out due to stress.

Sinclair said her daughter was being held in bad conditions in a communal cell in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.

The family's local MP Karl Turner said: "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play". The young shop assistant might consider herself lucky - earlier she'd been told that she might be facing 25 years in jail or even the death penalty.

Mr Caboo also attended the hearing and was said to be "very sad" as he left court.

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