Tuesday, May 28

Fresh evidence could secure release of British woman being held in Egypt on drugs charges



The husband of a British woman being held in an Egyptian jail accused of drug smuggling has claimed he has produced evidence that could prove her innocence.

Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested last month after being found with 300 tramadol tablets in her luggage.

The painkiller is legal in the UK on prescription but illegal in Egypt.

Held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 other women for nearly a month, Ms Plummer faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of smuggling the drugs.

However her husband, Omar Caboo, 34, is said to have shown the newspaper evidence that supports her defence the pills were for his bad back, The Sun reported.

The entertainment worker told the newspaper: Hopefully now her nightmare will come to an end. These papers will prove she was telling the truth.

Among the documents are X-rays, medical records and a marriage certificate. The couple reportedly met four years ago.

Ms Plummer due to appear before a court in the coastal city of Hurghadah on Saturday.

Her brother, James Plummer, 31, previously told the Press Association her family had been told she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.

It’s just blown out of proportion completely, he said.

Mr Plummer 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.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said its officials were supporting a British woman and her family following her detention in Egypt.