Egypt court convicts woman of smuggling painkillers

Egypt court convicts woman of smuggling painkillers

Egypt court convicts woman of smuggling painkillers

The court hearing comes after the tourist was arrested when she was found carrying 320 tramadol tablets in her suitcase.

Plummer's trial started in the town of Safaga on Monday with what her lawyers described as a mistaken confession.

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said it "will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".

"She's probably on the verge of a mental breakdown. Even half of that would be better", the Guardian quoted Laura's sister Rachel as saying.

Plummer's family said she was "naive", and had not even tried to hide the medicine, thinking at first that it was a joke when she was arrested. "Just an absolute nightmare".

While the pills are legal in some countries and throughout the United Kingdom with a prescription, they're illegal in Egypt, according to the BBC.

However, as a class C drug, it is only available when prescribed by a doctor or other healthcare professional and it is illegal for anyone else to supply it.

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Her lawyer Mohamed Othman said a plane ticket which showed she paid twice as much for her flights as the drugs were worth shows she was not looking to sell them.

Her MP, Karl Turner, told the BBC: "Laura, most of all, will be absolutely devastated".

Laura Plummer appeared handcuffed in ther dock where she faces the death penalty if she is found guilty.

Her family told British newspapers she bought the tablets for her Egyptian partner living in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

He told Sky News: "She's been very anxious, she's suffered sleep deprivation, she's not been well in terms of her mental health and her physical health".

Her legal team are to put in a bail application that could see Laura freed from the detention centre where she has been since October 9. She goes work, she comes home, she watches telly, she goes to bed, she doesn't smoke, she doesn't drink, she doesn't go out. "That's her life. She's a normal person".

Mr Turner also praised Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's efforts in dealing with the case after Foreign Minister Alastair Burt flew to Egypt to speak to his counterparts.

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