Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Egypt court convicts woman of smuggling painkillers

Egypt court convicts woman of smuggling painkillers

A British woman has been jailed for three years in Egypt after accidentally confessing to smuggling drugs. The painkiller is legal in the United Kingdom but a banned narcotic in the north African country.

Ms Plummer has been held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9.

The 33-year-old claimed she didn't know the tramadol tablets she was caught with were illegal and had taken them for her Egyptian lover Omar Caboo's bad back.

Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.

She looked "unrecognisable", Sinclair told a TV channel last month.

They were married in 2014 through an unregistered contract, known in Egypt as an "urfi" marriage. Both Laura's family and lawyers have argued that the pills were intended for Caboo - who provided the court with medical papers showing his back pain -and that Laura neither had any idea they were illegal nor plans to sell them.

She said Ms Plummer made no attempt to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was first pulled over by officials when she flew into the country for a holiday with Mr Caboo.

"We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better - anything less than three years". "Anything less than three years".

Laura's family say she has already suffered vicious beatings at the hands of fellow inmates because she is foreign.

Her family have insisted she has been treated fairly by the Egyptian justice system, which will today decide whether to postpone her hearing or accept a bail offer.

He said: "Unfortunately ministers can only do so much, the judiciary in Egypt is independent and impartial and the judge will come to a view without any outside influence", adding that the evidence she didn't know the drug was banned was "pretty clear".

As a result of the case, the British Home Office has updated its travel advice to tourists travelling to Egypt, reminding them: "If you're travelling with prescription medication you should carry a medical certificate confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a medical condition".

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