Brit woman facing death row over painkillers ‘CONNED out of £10k by fake lawyers’ Latest News

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Brit woman facing death row over painkillers ‘CONNED out of £10k by fake lawyers’ Latest News


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STRICKEN: Laura’s sister Jayne says the family has been conned out of £10k by fake lawyers

Laura Plummer has been in an Egyptian jail since last month after trying to bring pills to treat her partner’s bad back into the country.

The 33-year-old’s stricken have revealed how they paid lawyers £10,000 to help get Ms Plummer out of jail.

Now a source at Hurghada Airport, where the Brit was arrested, has told The Sun: “The tricksters conned the British lady and her family when they were desperate for help.

“They promised her they would get her out of jail and fight the charges, but demanded a down-payment of around £10,000.”

The two men, who reportedly turned out not to be registered attorneys, allegedly then dropped the case as soon as Laura’s desperate family gave them the money.


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FILTHY: Laura Plummer (c) has been locked in a tiny cell with 26 other women since her arrest

Yesterday Laura’s older sister Jayne Sinclair told The Mirror that she feared the 33-year-old would either be murdered or kill herself.

Jayne said that Laura had already threatened to commit suicide after she was put in a “repulsive” 15ft by 15ft cell filled with “murderers, heroin addicts and prostitutes,” with just a hole in the ground for a toilet.

According to the family Laura is being held on drug trafficking charges after bringing Tramadol and Naproxen, worth just £23, into Egypt, without knowing that the painkillers are controlled substances in the country.


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HEARTBROKEN: Laura’s mother Roberta (l) almost collapsed when she saw her daughter in court

Jayne said her mother almost collapsed when she saw her daughter for the first time in an Egyptian court.

“Her hair has fallen out,” she said, “and she has a really bad ear infection which has caused her whole face and neck to swell.”

Laura was handcuffed to a policeman with a machine gun and still dressed in the clothes she travelled in.

Laura met Egyptian Omar four years ago when he was working at her Red Sea holiday hotel complex and they soon wed.

According to Jayne a car accident two years ago left Omar with chronic back pain.


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HUSBAND: Laura had been visiting Omar who she met on holiday in Egypt

Laura travels to Egypt four times a year to visit her partner, and brought 29 strips of Tramadol and some Naproxen to help with his back.

Egyptian airport security found the pills after searching her bags.

She was arrested after signing a document in Arabic that she thought would let her leave the airport.

Such “fake lawyer” schemes are allegedly common in Egypt.


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JAILED: Laura flew from Manchester Airport (r) not knowing that Tramadol is illegal in Egypt

Laura’s family have now employed a reputable lawyer found for them by the British embassy in Cairo.

Tramadol has been illegal in Egypt since 2015, after it had become so popular that it replaced heroin and cannabis as the most popular recreational drugs.

UK government guidelines warn that taking it into the country without permission from Egypt’s Ministry of Health and necessary documentation can lead to prosecution.

Lawyers have reportedly told the family that Laura faces up to 25 years in jail or even the death penalty.

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

Daily Star Online has contacted the British Embassy in Egypt for further details. 

Brit woman facing death row over painkillers ‘CONNED out of £10k by fake lawyers’ Latest News

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