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Brit jailed in Egypt for smuggling painkillers seen on camera for first time during prison prayers

Mirror logo Mirror 16/04/2018 Lucy Clarke-Billings
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A British woman jailed in Egypt for smuggling painkillers has been filmed taking part in prison prayers.

Laura Plummer, from Hull, East Yorkshire, is currently serving a three-year sentence in Cairo's notorious Al Qanater prison after she was found carrying 290 banned Tramadol pills into the resort of Hurghada in October last year.

The 33-year-old told prosecutors the pills - which she claims she did not know were banned - were for her husband Omar but she was jailed for possessing the drugs on Boxing Day.

She has now been filmed dressed in all white alongside fellow inmates in the front row of a makeshift church.

According to The Sun, she is undertaking Holy Communion at Easter mass.

a group of people posing for the camera: Laura can be seen sitting among other inmates © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Laura can be seen sitting among other inmates

The minute-long video is the first time Laura has been seen since she was arrested at Hurghada airport on October 9.

Her sister Jayne Synclair, 40, said: "It's so hard to see her like this.

"We've obviously been out to see her regularly but she isn't the same woman who left for a two week holiday in the sun.

"She doesn't bear any resemblance to her. My mum is in bits and has complained to the Foreign Office."

a person standing in front of water: Laura was arrested in Egypt for carrying Tramadol painkillers in her luggage © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Laura was arrested in Egypt for carrying Tramadol painkillers in her luggage

Laura faced a possible death sentence or 20 years behind bars for drug trafficking.

But she was eventually convicted of the lesser charge of possession, which carries a maximum 15 year sentence.

The judge jailed her for three years - the minimum required under Egyptian law.

Laura's family have maintained she was taking the painkiller for her partner Omar Saad and did not know what she was doing was illegal.

a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Laura Plummer, from Hull, is currently detained in Cairo's notorious Al Qanater prison (Image: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Laura Plummer, from Hull, is currently detained in Cairo's notorious Al Qanater prison (Image: PA) The couple had an Orfi marriage two years ago, which is not registered with the state but allows them to share a hotel room.

Mr Saad has said the pills were because he suffers from a bad back following a car crash.

Tramadol is a highly addictive opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain.

It is often referred to as a "narcotic-like pain reliever" and shares similar properties to more harmful drugs like Class A heroin.

When tramadol is used for a long time, it can be highly addictive causing mental or physical dependence.

The drug can produce feelings of warmth and well-being, relaxation and sleepiness when in pain.

However, it can lead to extreme fatigue, drowsiness, loss of appetite, nausea and retching, diarrhoea, and dizziness or fainting.

a woman posing for the camera: [Left to right] Sisters Jayne Synclair, Laura Plummer and Rachel Plummer (Image: SWNS.com) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited [Left to right] Sisters Jayne Synclair, Laura Plummer and Rachel Plummer (Image: SWNS.com)

Some users experience severe side affects when attempting to come off the medicine, suffering night sweats, hallucinations and depression.

Fatal side effects can occur if you use tramadol with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.

Tramadol is a Class C drug and is only available from your doctor in the UK but is banned in Egypt.

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