Woman jailed in Egypt for carrying painkillers is freed

A British woman jailed in Egypt after painkillers were discovered in her luggage has been released from prison.

Laura Plummer, 34, from Hull, was sentenced to three years behind bars in 2017 for taking 290 Tramadol tablets into the country.

The shop worker has been pardoned and freed from jail, according to The Sun.

Ms Plummer told the newspaper: ‘My two-week holiday in the sun turned into a nightmare.

‘I’m so happy to be going home. I mean, who goes on holiday for two weeks and then stays 14 months?

‘I just wish I wasn’t being deported. But I promise you, I’ll never set foot in an airport again.’

She claimed she was taking the tablets, which are legal in the UK but banned in Egypt, to her Egyptian boyfriend Omar Caboo, who suffered from severe back pain.

Ms Plummer was arrested at the airport in October 2017 when she flew into the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

She added: ‘I tried to explain myself but nothing I said or did made any difference.

‘It was just ridiculous. I wanted to help Omar and do a kind thing and I ended up in prison.

‘At one stage I thought, ‘I must be dead and this is hell’.’