Briton Laura Plummer flies home after 14-month Cairo jail hell but is DENIED the chance to say goodbye to her Egyptian ‘husband’ who she smuggled illegal painkillers into the country for
- The 34-year-old from Hull was granted an early release from prison sentence
- Police marched her to the airport leaving her unable to wish her partner goodbye
- She was jailed on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 Tramadol tablets into Egypt
British woman Laura Plummer has flown home from Egypt after a 14-month ordeal in prison for carrying illegal painkillers.
The 34-year-old from Hull was granted an early release from her three-year sentence for taking 290 Tramadol tablets into the country.
She said police had led her into the airport terminal, denying her the chance to say goodbye to her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo.
But she hinted she could return to the country to see her partner, for whom she said she had brought the tablets, The Sun reported.
Laura Plummer (left) has flown home from Egypt after a 14-month ordeal in prison but said she had been denied the chance to say goodbye to her partner Omar Caboo (right)
As she prepared to return to Britain last night she told the newspaper: ‘I’m so happy to be free from prison at last and coming home.
‘I just want to get home and have a long bath and to get in my own bed. It’s been like living a nightmare but one which I never woke up from.
‘It’s been a terrible ordeal for me and my family and to think it’s finally all over is overwhelming.’
She said Mr Caboo had ‘refused to give up on me’ and that ‘our love has survived the most traumatic of ordeals’, saying: ‘For that reason I can’t say I won’t ever go back’.
Miss Plummer was arrested by Egyptian authorities on October, 9 2017, when she flew into the Red Sea resort of Hurghada from Manchester Airport.
She claimed she was taking the tablets – which are legal in the UK but banned in Egypt – for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain, and had no idea what she was doing was wrong.
Miss Plummer and Mr Saad had an Orfi marriage, which is not registered with the state but allows them to share a hotel room.
She was initially charged with smuggling drugs, which carries the death penalty.
Ms Plummer’s family said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo (pictured together), who suffers from severe back pain
Miss Plummer was last seen sitting in the front row of a church during Easter mass inside Cairo’s Al Qanater prison in April last year
Ms Plummer was sentenced to three years inside the notorious Al Qanater prison in Cairo (pictured) but she was granted an early release
But the charge was dropped and she was jailed on Boxing Day in 2017 for possessing the painkillers.
She served time in a notorious Cairo prison where conditions were said to be ‘horrendous’
The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just ‘daft’.
They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.
Mrs Sinclair said her daughter was being held in terrible conditions in a communal cell with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said earlier: ‘Our staff continue to do all they can to support Laura and her family, and our Embassy remains in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities.’
Her mother Roberta and sisters Rachel and Jayne (pictured during a TV appearance last year) have been anxiously waiting news
Photos from inside the prison show the grizzly conditions Ms Plummer has had to endure
Timeline: How did Laura Plummer end up in an Egyptian jail?
Ms Sinclair said the family have had no contact with Laura but have had an update from Omar which gave them small comfort. Pictured: Laura (right) with her two sisters
October 9, 2017: Laura Plummer is arrested at Egyptian airport after she is found in possession of 290 banned painkillers
October 10: She sends desperate text to her father saying ‘Dad, please answer your phone, I am in trouble’
November 4: Her family visit her from the UK for the first time in an Egyptian holding cell
November 21: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attempts to intervene in the case but Ms Plummer’s lawyer says it is pointless
December 26: Ms Plummer is jailed for three years following a trial in an Egyptian courthouse
January 9, 2018: She is moved to a crowded Cairo prison, where conditions are said to be ‘horrendous’
January 10: Humberside Police back in England reveal a review into how Ms Plummer obtained the painkillers
January 26: Foreign Office sources reveal plans to give Ms Plummer a presidential pardon
January 29: The pardon is inexplicably withdrawn, with the Foreign Office claiming ‘a mistake’ was made
September 25: Laura is left ‘devastated’ after losing an appeal against her three-year sentence
January 28, 2019: Miss Plummer is granted an early release and is moved from jail to a police station
January 29: The 34-year-old flies home saying the 14-month ordeal has ‘been like living a nightmare’