Laura Plummer released in Egypt after 14 months of ‘hell’ in Cairo prison for possessing painkillers

Laura Plummer released in Egypt after 14 months of 'hell' in Cairo prison for possessing painkillers

A British woman who was jailed in Egypt for taking banned painkillers into the country has been given a presidential pardon and will be sent back to the UK on Monday.

Laura Plummer, 34, was sentenced to three years in prison on Boxing Day 2017 after she was found with Tramadol tablets in her suitcase, which she claimed were for her Egyptian partner’s severe back pain.

After 14 months of “hell” behind bars she was reportedly granted a presidential pardon and was moved to a police station on Sunday. She was expected to return home to Hull on Monday.

“My two-week holiday in the sun turned into a nightmare. I’m so happy … I mean, who goes on holiday for two weeks and then stays 14 months?” she told The Sun. “I’ll never set foot in an airport again.”

Ms Plummer said: “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’.”

Her ordeal began in October 2017 when she was arrested for drug smuggling at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after authorities found 290 Tramadol tablets in her luggage.

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