Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

Woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt weeps in court on Christmas day

Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull in east Yorkshire, was charged with drug possession and smuggling.

Since then, she said, her daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women.

Pictures taken on mobile phones from prisoners show the shocking conditions in some prisons in the country. "She doesnt deserve that", Rachel said.

The case revolves around 290 Tramadol she took with her to Egypt for her lover Omar Caboo, 33, who suffers from back pain, but neither he nor Miss Plummer's family accompanied her in court.

Her lawyer said Plummer would appeal, seeking to reverse the verdict or get a commuted sentence, which is possible in the two months after being sentenced.

Her family have insisted she has been treated fairly by the Egyptian justice system, which will today decide whether to postpone her hearing or accept a bail offer. I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station.

Her trial is due to begin tomorrow.

"I feel sick - I'm so frightened for her".

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"It is illogical that she was dealing in Tramadol". Anything less than three years.

"She is not the strongest person, she's already having a nervous breakdown and is being kicked and punched in the holding prison". She's out there by herself.

"We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better - anything less than three years".

Standing before the judge in court on Christmas Day, Ms Plummer was asked: "You are accused of smuggling and possessing Tramadol to Egypt?"

The ordeal has been a hammer blow to the family, who claim Miss Plummer had no idea what she doing was illegal and was just "daft".

An appeal will not be heard for at least 60 days.

The 33-year-old shopkeeper, Laura Plummer, was arrested on October 9 after police found close to 300 pills of Tramadol packed in her luggage at Egypt's Hurghada International Airport, according to the BBC.

Sinclair said her daughter made no attempt to hide the medicine given to her by a friend and she thought it was a joke when she was first pulled over by airport officials.

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