Bri­ton faces Egypt trial over painkiller pills

The Sunday Telegraph - - World News - By Magdy Sa­maan in Hurghada

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.

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