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British woman to face criminal trial in Egypt for carrying painkillers

British woman to face criminal trial in Egypt for carrying painkillers
By Alasdair Sandford
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Laura Plummer flew into the country with Tramadol, legal in the UK but illegal in Egypt.


A British woman has been referred to a criminal court for trial in Egypt, accused of entering the country with banned painkillers.

Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull in north-eastern England, has spent over a month in jail since being arrested upon arrival in Hurghada, a resort on the Red Sea.

She and her family insist she is innocent, claiming the hundreds of Tramadol tablets were for her Egyptian partner to help soothe his back pain.

Tramadol is legal in the UK with a prescription but illegal in Egypt, where many are addicted to it.

A bail hearing was due to be heard on Saturday but reports say Plummer’s detention has been renewed. No date has been set for a trial.

Convicted drug smugglers can face several years in jail or even the death penalty in Egypt.

Laura Plummer’s family have said she is in bad spirits and fear for her health. Reports say her Egyptian boyfriend has not been to see her since she was jailed.

In an interview with CNBC last week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said Egyptian courts were independent and he would not interfere in the case.

Photo: the al-Bahr al-Ahmar court where British national Laura Plummer faces trial in Hurghada

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