Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

A British traveler has been sentenced to three years in jail after trying to bring painkillers considered illegal in Egypt into the country earlier this year.

Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull in east Yorkshire, was charged with drug possession and smuggling.

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".

Tramadol, an opioid painkiller, is banned in Egypt but is legal in the UK.

The pair met five years ago in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, when Abdel-Azim worked as a lifeguard. Plummer has been visiting her husband regularly since.

Her family has been told she could face up to 25 years in prison or even the death penalty, according to one lawyer. When you go to see Laura, she's in a mess - how can you do this to a young girl? This is pursuant to that tramadol 50mg is a painkiller in her country, England. She brought [the drugs] to help someone, to help a family.

Her family said the drugs were for her Egyptian partner's bad back, and did not know they were illegal.

Plummer attended a hearing in her case on Monday, before Tuesday's sentencing.

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Their client was asked whether she was intending to sell the drug.

Laura's family say she has already suffered vicious beatings at the hands of fellow inmates because she is foreign. "She had only 320 pills. She had only 320 pills - even the plane ticket is nearly double the price of those pills".

"It is illogical that she was dealing in Tramadol".

Plummers sister Rachel said her mother Roberta Sinclair was "devastated" by the sentence, the report said.

"It's not fair", Synclair said.

Despite Miss Plummer pleading her innocence, prosecutors persuaded a court in Hurghada to send her for trial - and she will appear before a judge at the main criminal court in Safaga.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".

"I am hopeful that good sense will eventually prevail", he told the BBC.

  • Ismael Montgomery