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Brit 'arrested over husband's painkillers' in Egypt

A woman has been arrested after flying into Egypt with painkillers for her husband.

Laura Plummer was reportedly detained after she flew into Egypt.
Laura Plummer was reportedly detained after she flew into Egypt. AP Photo/Amr Nabil

A British woman has been arrested in Egypt after flying into the country with painkillers for her husband's sore back.

Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was accused of drug trafficking when she was found to be carrying tramadol and Naproxen in her suitcase, The Sun reported.

Her family told the paper that she took the pain killers to give to her Egyptian husband who she visits two to four times a year, who suffers back pain due to an accident.

The paper reports that she signed a 38-page statement in Arabic which she thought would result in her being released, but she has been held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 other women for nearly a month.

Her brother James Plummer, 31, said that the family has been told she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.

The Sun said she took 29 strips of tramadol, each containing ten tablets, plus some Naproxen.

Mr Plummer told the Press Association: "It's just blown out of proportion completely."

He said his sister just thought she was doing a "good deed" by bringing the medication over to her husband, and said she will be "completely out of her comfort zone" in jail.

Mr Plummer said his mother and sisters have travelled to Egypt to visit Laura following her arrest on October 9, adding: "They say she's unrecognisable. When they seen her, she's like a zombie, they said."

He said her hair is starting to fall out due to stress and he voiced concerns about how she will cope.

"I don't think she's tough enough to survive it," he said, adding: "She has a phobia of using anybody else's toilet, so let alone sharing a toilet and a floor with everybody else. That will be awful for her, it'll be traumatising."

Mr Plummer said the family feel "helpless" due to being in a different country, and said of his sister: "It's awful for Laura ... she's not a tough person at all. She's only small."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting a British woman and her family following her detention in Egypt."

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