UK drugs woman’s death penalty fears

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Ben Ellery

A BRI­TISH woman be­ing held in Egypt on drug smug­gling charges could face the death penalty.

Laura Plum­mer, 33, had hoped to be freed af­ter her hus­band sup­plied her lawyer with med­i­cal ev­i­dence that 300 Tra­madol painkillers found in her suit­case were to ease his back pain.

But yes­ter­day a cus­tody hear­ing was can­celled and the shop worker from Hull was re­ferred to a crim­i­nal court for trial. If she is found guilty she could be sen­tenced to death or jailed for up to seven years. Ms Plum­mer was ar­rested at Hurghada air­port last month af­ter cus­toms of­fi­cers found the tablets in her suit­case. She said she had ‘no idea’ the painkillers were banned and had been bring­ing them into the coun­try for her Egyp­tian hus­band, Omar Ca­boo.

Ms Plum­mer, who may have to wait months be­fore go­ing be­fore a judge, told the BBC she was hav­ing to share a cell with 25 other women.

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