Briton faces Egypt trial over painkiller pills
A BRITISH woman will face trial for smuggling powerful painkillers into Egypt, after prosecutors yesterday referred her case to the criminal court.
Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested on Oct 9 at the airport in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after officials found 290 tramadol pills in her suitcase. She has said the tablets were for her partner who suffers from chronic back pain. The drug is legal in the UK but it is banned in Egypt, given its wide use as a heroin substitute.
If she is denied bail she will have to remain in Egypt until her case reaches court, which could take up to two years. Her family has been told she could face up to 25 years in jail for drug trafficking, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty. “It’s obvi- ously scary,” her brother James told The Sunday Telegraph. “We are very worried for her. If I could speak to her I would just say ‘be strong, look after yourself, we love you’.”
Her partner, Egyptian national Omar Caboo, said he has provided the court in Hurghada with X-rays and medical records to support her defence.
“These papers will prove she was telling the truth,” said Mr Caboo, 34.