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Egypt court convicts British woman of smuggling painkillers

Egypt court convicts British woman of smuggling painkillers”

THE family of a British tourist jailed in Egypt for three years for smuggling painkillers into the country for her boyfriend fear she'll die in prison.

Plummer was arrested on arrival at Hurghada airport on 9 October after a scan of her bags revealed she was carrying a large supply of Tramadol.

Plummer's family said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

Their mother Roberta Sinclair travelled to Egypt for the hearings.

Her sister Rachel Plummer said: "My mum's obviously devastated".

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Plummer has been detained in Egypt since her arrest in October, though her legal team is now debating whether to appeal the decision.

There had been concerns that she could face up to 25 years in jail, or even the death penalty.

The shop worker added she had been given the tablets by a colleague and had just been "daft" by putting them in her suitcase before travelling.

The trial was rescheduled with a new interpreter on Tuesday, where a judge handed her three years in prison.

"I am hopeful that good sense will eventually prevail", he told BBC Radio 4's The World At One. "Anything less than three years". "She wouldn't have a clue that she was doing something unlawful", Mr Turner said. "The judge jumped to the conclusion that she confesses before clarifying that she understood the question and this is worrying", Dia al-Bassal, Plummer's lawyer told The Telegraph.

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Sinclair said her daughter was being held in bad conditions in a communal cell in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.

Tramadol is a Class C prescription drug in the United Kingdom but is banned in Egypt as it is widely used as a heroin substitute. Plummer previously said she had "no idea" the tablets were illegal.

The family's local MP Karl Turner said: "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play". She's out there by herself.

She said the family were trying to find out more details about what happened in the courtroom on Tuesday. "She doesn't deserve that". He said the court could also not prove she brought them into the country to sell them.

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