Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

British girl 'by chance pleads responsible' in Egypt

British girl 'by chance pleads responsible' in Egypt

A British woman wept in court today after she was accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt.

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested in October at Hurghada International Airport after being found with 290 tramadol pills in her suitcase that she claimed were for her Egyptian boyfriend's bad back.

The painkiller is a Class C prescription drug in the United Kingdom but is banned in Egypt. Plummer's family said she did not realize Tramadol was illegal in Egypt when she made a decision to bring the pills to help with her husband's chronic back pain, which she obtained from a friend, the BBC reports.

The case opened yesterday, Christmas Day, in Safaga, a Red Sea town 300 miles south of Cairo.

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Her family said she was "sleep deprived", "visibly nervous" and "upset" to the extent that the presiding official had to call a halt to proceedings. It is understood that... She brought [the drugs] to help someone, to help a family. Anything less than three years. "She doesnt deserve that", Rachel said.

Her sister, Rachel Plummer, said the family's hopes now hinged on the outcome of the appeal.

"We're also devastated by the news that it's been able to carry on this far and the fact that she's been sentenced for three years, just for being kind, it's a disgrace".

Laura Plummer, 33, could face the death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges leveled against her.

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"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. When you go to see Laura, she's in a mess - how can you do this to a young girl?

He said: "Apparently something was lost in translation, the defence lawyer wasn't confident that Laura was understanding the questions first of all, and the interpreter wasn't correctly translating what Laura was saying in her answers".

Her family has been told she could face up to 25 years in prison or even the death penalty, according to one lawyer.

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.

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