Friday, 14 May 2021

Egypt drugs case: Briton to face criminal trial

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CAIRO: Brit holidaymaker “facing the death penalty” in an Egyptian jail for taking painkillers into the country has spoken to the media for the first time from her prison cell.

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested last month accused of entering the country with 300 Tramadol tablets, a painkiller which is illegal in Egypt.

Ahead of her court appearance on Saturday in the Hurghada beach resort, Laura told the BBC: “I can’t tell you how stupid I feel.”

Laura says she was given the tablets by a colleague for her Egyptian partner, Omar Caboo, for his back problems.

Laura told the BBC a colleague put the tablets in a chemist’s bag, which she put in her suitcase.

“I didn’t even look in the bag,” she said.

Laura told the BBC her prison cell is the size of her bedroom in the UK, but she was having to share it with 25 other women.

She said it was claustrophobic and sometimes hard to breathe. She added that although her fellow prisoners were trying to look after her, none of them spoke English.

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