A British woman sentenced to three years in jail for taking painkillers into Egypt has been moved to the tough Qena prison, where her family fear that she will not survive.
Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested at Hurghada airport in October when she was found with 290 tramadol tablets, a prescription drug in Britain. The shop assistant from Hull said that she did not know they were banned in Egypt.
She claimed that she was bringing them in for Omar Caboo, her 31-year-old Egyptian boyfriend who suffers from back pain.
On Boxing Day a court in Safaga, a Red Sea town 300 miles from Cairo, sentenced Ms Plummer to three years in jail for possession of an illegal substance.
Her family tried to visit her yesterday morning at Safaga prison. However, officials had already moved her to Qena, 100 miles to the west, without telling them.
Ms Plummer’s sister, Rachel, said: “The conditions [in Qena] are disgusting. We are so worried about her. Who will feed her? We don’t even know how to get food to her now. We’ve been told nothing.”
She said that their mother, Roberta Synclair, tried to deliver supplies to her daughter at Qena prison but was not allowed to enter. Inmates of Egypt’s prisons have to rely on family visits for clothes, food and medicines because jail supplies are scarce.