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Egypt puts British woman Laura Plummer on trial over painkillers

Egypt puts British woman Laura Plummer on trial over painkillers

The woman, 33-year-old Laura Plummer from Hull, has maintained her innocence since her arrest last month on arrival from Britain to Hurghada, a Red Sea resort city.

A British woman accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt has been told she must face trial.

No date has yet been set for her trial.

If convicted of drug smuggling, she could face a prison sentence of between seven and 25 years.

The shop assistant had hoped to present paperwork showing her partner Omar Caboo suffers from a long-term back condition - evidence which she hoped would convince authorities she was telling the truth. "She's sharing a cell with at least 25 other women, none of which speak English".

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Her husband Mr Caboo has apparently shown the Sun newspaper evidence the pills were for his bad back but the authorities have already said Plummer's ignorance was not an excuse.

He added his sister had thought she was doing a "good deed" and she was now "completely out of her comfort zone" in jail.

Mr Turner said of Ms Plummer: "She's a woman of good character in this country from a law-abiding family, and clearly the whole thing will be a terrible experience".

During the investigation, she admitted that the tablets were to be delivered to one of her Egyptian friends living in Hurghada and did not know that it is illegal to bring them into the country.


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