Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

THESE are the squalid conditions British tourist Laura Plummer could face after she was jailed for three years for smuggling painkillers into Egypt.

Laura Plummer was arrested in October upon arrival at Hurghada airport after 400 tablets of the opiate painkiller Tramadol were found in her possession.

Plummer had claimed the painkiller, legal in the United Kingdom but banned in Egypt, was for her Egyptian partner, to treat his back pain.

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said it "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".

It is not clear when an appeal against her sentence might be heard.

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.

Roberta added her daughter now looks "unrecognisable".

The painkiller Laura was carrying is a prescription drug in the United Kingdom but is banned in Egypt.

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Her trial is due to begin tomorrow.

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

"After she was sentenced to three years, she was then put in a cage, like an animal". "We're just hoping. Even half of that (three years' imprisonment) would be better". When you go to see Laura, she's in a mess - how can you do this to a young girl?

Ms Plummer's defense team said that they will appeal the decision as soon as the judge submits his reasoning, which could take up to 60 days. But she thought she was asked whether she simply possessed it, and said yes, the lawyers said.

According to The Guardian, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson has told Plummer's MP Karl Turner that he will do everything possible to help Plummer and her family.

Plummer's family said she was "naive", and had not even tried to hide the medicine, thinking at first that it was a joke when she was arrested.

"This is a damning indictment actually of the Egyptian authorities, in the sense that good sense and fairness certainly hasn't prevailed in this case".

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