British woman indicted by Egyptian court for smuggling painkiller tablets

An Egyptian court has indicted a British woman in her 30s for smuggling painkiller tablets into the country and sentenced her to three years in prison, according to a Reuters report. Her lawyer insisted she had no criminal intent in bringing in the tablets, which her family said were for her Egyptian partner.
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An Egyptian court sentenced a British tourist to three years in prison on Tuesday for smuggling painkillers into the country, according to a report by Reuters. Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested in October after 300 Tramadol tablets were found in her suitcase by Egyptian authorities.

Plummer’s family told the British press that the painkillers were for her Egyptian partner. Tramadol, an opioid pain medication, is banned in Egypt but is sometimes illegally distributed in the country as a heroin replacement.

Plummer’s lawyer told Reuters that the claim that she intended to sell the pills is illogical since the number of pills she had would not amount to even the price of a plane ticket to Egypt. A spokesman for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We 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.”



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