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British woman Laura Plummer jailed for taking painkiller Tramadol to Egyptian lover

British woman Laura Plummer jailed for taking painkiller Tramadol to Egyptian lover

A British woman accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt has been jailed for three years, according to reports.

The 33-year-old shopkeeper, Laura Plummer, was arrested on October 9 after police found close to 300 pills of Tramadol packed in her luggage at Egypt's Hurghada International Airport, according to the BBC.

Despite that, Plummer's family claim that Omar Caboo, Laura's former husband, had previously presented to them evidence that he suffered from long-term back problems.

Her family say that they have lodged an immediate appeal.

The family's lawyers are planning to launch an appeal.

There had been concerns that she could face up to 25 years in jail, or even the death penalty.

The case was adjourned until Tuesday when her lawyer are expected to begin her defence and submit documents showing Omar Abdel Azim and his mother are being treated for illnesses that need Tramadol. "How can you be sentenced to three years just for being kind?"

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"I am hopeful that good sense will eventually prevail", he told BBC Radio 4's The World At One. She has maintained her innocence ever since, saying that she had bought the tablets found in her suitcase only for her partner and had no idea that they were illegal in Egypt.

Roberta Sinclair said her daughter was being held in awful conditions in a communal cell with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.

While the pills are legal in some countries and throughout the United Kingdom with a prescription, they're illegal in Egypt, according to the BBC. "Anything less than three years".

Mr Dia al-Bassal, Ms Plummer's lawyer, said there was a lack of criminal intent because she was unaware that the pills were banned in Egypt. "She has demanded the presence of an official translator or to get permission to use the translator she already has", he said.

She said the family were trying to find out more details about what happened in the courtroom on Tuesday.

"It clearly is a banned substance and whilst we must respect the law of other countries there must be good sense and fair play as well", Turner added. "She doesn't deserve that".

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

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