Alleged British 'drug smuggler' escapes death penalty in Egypt

Posted December 28, 2017

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested on October 9 at Hurghada Airport for possessing 290 pills of Tramadol, a pain-relieving drug which is illegal in Egypt but not in the UK.

Egyptian authorities have banned Tramadol, an opioid pain medication, because it is often abused there as a recreational drug or taken by people to increase alertness and even sexual stamina.

Plummer, from Hull, claimed the painkiller, legal on prescription in the United Kingdom but banned in Egypt, was to treat her Egyptian partner's back pain.

Her family say that they have lodged an immediate appeal. She said that the family has rested its hopes on the appeal.

The family has previously said Plummer had no idea that what she was doing was illegal and was just "daft". "3 years is too long she's had enough punishment!" "She doesn't deserve that", she continued.

Mohamed Osman, Plummer's lawyer, told the Guardian that translation issues in the Red Sea criminal court in the Egyptian town of Hurghada caused the postponement of the trial, after Plummer's statements were wrongly translated to the judge.

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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. "The judge jumped to the conclusion that she confesses before clarifying that she understood the question and this is worrying", Dia al-Bassal, Plummer's lawyer told The Telegraph.

The trial of British citizen Laura Plummer has been postponed to Boxing Day after confusion in the courtroom caused her to unintentionally plead guilty to charges of drug trafficking. She's out there by herself.

They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.

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

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

The family's local MP Karl Turner said: "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play". Instead, she was placed in a cell with 25 other women for almost a month.