A British tourist has been held in jail for four weeks in Egypt and could face the death penalty after reportedly being arrested for bringing pain medication into the country for her husband, who was recovering from a back injury suffered in a car crash. Laura Plummer, 33, managed to smuggle a note from her prison cell in which she wrote: “Please help me get out of this hellhole. I don’t know what’s happening. I’m scared. I had no idea that what I was doing was wrong. I thought I was doing a good deed.”
According to The Sun, which obtained the note, Plummer was being held in a 15-square-foot cell — with 25 other women.
On October 9th, Plummer was arrested at Hurghada International Airport on drug trafficking charges after she was found to have 29 strips of the pain medication tramadol in her bags. According to The Independent, the drugs had a combined street value of $30 in Egypt, but under Egyptian law it’s illegal to bring opioids into the country without permission from the Ministry of Health. Plummer was allegedly made to sign a 38-page document in Arabic that she was told would allow her to leave the airport, but instead she was taken to prison where she has been detained since. According to her brother, James Plummer, lawyers told him that Laura could spend 25 years in jail, or even face the death penalty.
Plummer’s sister, Jayne told ITV the family had been allowed to see her in prison.
“She’s unrecognizable. She’s not the girl who left,” Jayne said. “She looks vacant in her eyes and all her hair is falling out. We know she has committed a crime but she doesn’t deserve the treatment she’s getting.”
A petition calling for Plummer’s immediate return and release has received more than 16,000 signatures.
Watch ITV’s interview with Plummer’s family below.
Read the full story at The Independent.