United Kingdom woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt for carrying painkillers

Laura Plummer appears in court

Laura Plummer appears in court

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested in October at Hurghada airport after she was found to be carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her bag.

"After she was sentenced to three years, she was then put in a cage, like an animal".

Plummer's trial started in the town of Safaga on Monday with what her lawyers described as a mistaken confession.

Plummer has been detained in Egypt since her arrest in October, though her legal team is now debating whether to appeal the decision.

"She's probably on the verge of a mental breakdown".

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

Since October, her family says she has been held in a communal cell with no beds and up to 25 other women.

The painkillers are legal in the United Kingdom but banned in Egypt.

However, as a class C drug, it is only available when prescribed by a doctor or other healthcare professional and it is illegal for anyone else to supply it.

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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".

Karl Turner, the MP for Hull East, told Sky News the hearing was adjourned to find Ms Plummer another interpreter. The young shop assistant might consider herself lucky - earlier she'd been told that she might be facing 25 years in jail or even the death penalty.

Her family told British newspapers she bought the tablets for her Egyptian partner living in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. She's not been well lately, she's sleep deprived and she's been very anxious.

Mr Turner also urged Egyptian authorities to "think very hard about what this means to people in the United Kingdom who are considering travelling (there)". To hear your dad crying on the phone every day, to see your mum in a state. "Laura did not know that what she was carrying was a narcotic".

"She's the kindest person".

"She's faithful to Omar".

"You can imagine the pressure - this is her life".

Mr Turner also praised Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's efforts in dealing with the case after Foreign Minister Alastair Burt flew to Egypt to speak to his counterparts.

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