British woman jailed in Egypt for smuggling painkillers

Laura Plummer (33) sentenced to three years in prison for bringing Tramadol into the country

Undated family photo of Laura Plummer from Britain, who has been jailed for three years in Egypt. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Undated family photo of Laura Plummer from Britain, who has been jailed for three years in Egypt. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

 

An Egyptian court sentenced a British woman to three years in prison on Tuesday for smuggling painkillers into the country, according to a Reuters witness.

Laura Plummer, a 33-year-old shop worker from Hull, was arrested in October after Tramadol tablets were found in her suitcase. Her family told British newspapers she bought the tablets for her Egyptian partner, who is living in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Plummer attended a hearing in her case on Monday, before Tuesday’s sentencing.

Tramadol is a prescription medicine in Britain but it is banned in Egypt.

Plummer was arrested upon arrival from Britain in October, and her detention was extended twice prior to her court appearance.

Her lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

– Reuters