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Egyptian court convicts British woman of Tramadol smuggling
28 December 2017, 12:44 | Floyd Cook
CASE Laura Plummer is facing the death penalty in Egypt
Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found with the Tramadol tablets in her suitcase, on 9 October. It is understood that she has been convicted of possessing illegal drugs.
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.
Ms Plummer's sister, Rachel, said her sister was visibly nervous, upset and sleep deprived. Plummer's family is to lodge an appeal against the sentence, but Rachel Plummer said it was not clear whether the appeal would be heard on Tuesday. 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.
The Plummers' local member of parliament, Karl Turner, said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt had raised her case with Egyptian authorities.
"I don't think she's tough enough to survive it", he said. "She doesn't deserve that". "How can you be sentenced to three years just for being kind?"
Mohamed Osman, Plummer's lawyer, toldthe Guardian that translation issues in the Red Sea criminal court in the Egyptian town of Hurghada caused the postponement of the trial, after Plummer's statements were wrongly translated to the judge.
The painkiller is legal in the United Kingdom but banned in Egypt. She's out there by herself. Her mother, Roberta Sinclair, was in Hurghada for the trial. I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station.
They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and thought it was a joke when she was taken aside by officials.
She said he daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women, adding her daughter now looks "unrecognisable". "He did not even know she was bringing them", Synclair told the BBC.
"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".
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