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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

British Woman To Be Executed For Bringing Painkillers Into Egypt

A young, British woman name Laura Plummer who brought hundreds of Tramadol drugs as painkillers into Egypt is in serious trouble that might take her life, she may face the death penalty for breaking the Islamic law.

Laura Plummer was detained on October 9, 2017, after 290 tramadol tablets which is a highly addictive opioid pain medication and some naproxen (often sold under the name "Aleve") were found in her suitcase at Hurghada International Airport, which are most abused drugs, as tramadol is equivalent to heroine.

The 33-year-old seems to be in a long distance relationship with her Egyptian husband Omar and was visiting her husband as usual, which she takes a few times each year, her brother James Plummer told the BBC. Further, he claims that his sister made "an innocent, honest mistake".
Her father has also agreed, telling a member of parliament, Karl Turner:
"the truth is she wouldn’t know tramadol from a Panadol. She wouldn’t have a clue that she was doing something unlawful."
Her brother said she received the tablets from a co-worker after informing them of her husband’s ongoing pain. She then packed them up and "didn’t even check what they were," Plummer claimed.

In addition to the medications, she also packed a number of other items.
"It is difficult to get certain things in Egypt apparently so she’d taken talcum powder, shaving gel and razor blades and all sorts of things," Plummer said, adding 
"Clearly, she was very, very naive."
Tramadol, which shares many of the same effects as heroin, is the country’s most abused drug, Gahada Wali, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity told the BBC. It was first introduced to Egypt for cancer patients, but it’s now commonly used recreationally and as an aphrodisiac, Al Jazeera reports.

The paper reported that Miss Plummer signed a 38-page statement in Arabic believing that it meant she thought she could leave. Instead, she was taken to a 15-foot by 15-foot cell.

She is schedule to return to court for her third hearing regarding her drug trafficking charges by November 9, 2017.  Until then, she remains inside a jail cell accompanied by other 25 women. 

Egypt has been long-known to have a major problem with overcrowded prisons, but this surprisingly puts her loved ones at ease.
"Her family said to some extent it is better that she's with lots of people in a cell than in a cell on her own because people are around her," Turner said, according to the BBC. 
"But the conditions are going to be extremely basic and I'm sure she's petrified by what is unfolding before her."

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