Jailed Briton told by Egyptian police she is 'innocent'

The British woman jailed for taking painkillers into Egypt has reportedly been told she is innocent by authorities in the country, her mother has said.

Laura Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull, was detained after arriving at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in October with 290 Tramadol pills in her luggage, which her husband revealed was for his bad back.

Her mother, Roberta Synclair, 64, said that the police officers 'have been so nice' after she visited Miss Plummer, who is waiting for a prison transfer.

Laura Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull, was detained after arriving at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in October with 290 Tramadol pills in her luggage, which her husband revealed was for his bad back

Laura Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull, was detained after arriving at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in October with 290 Tramadol pills in her luggage, which her husband revealed was for his bad back

Miss Plummer's Roberta Synclair, 64, said that the police officers 'have been so nice' after she visited her daughter

Miss Plummer is waiting for a prison transfer

Miss Plummer's Roberta Synclair, 64, said that the police officers 'have been so nice' after she visited her daughter, who is waiting for a prison transfer.

'Some said, "You shouldn't be here, you are innocent",' Miss Synclair told The Sun. 'I'm so worried. She keeps saying she can't go on.'

Miss Plummer has to wait 60 days before she can file an appeal for the conviction.

She hopes she can serve her three-year sentence at a safe jail close to the British Embassy, but it is believed she will be sent to the notorious al-Qanater prison in Cairo.

Miss Plummer's boyfriend, Omar Abdul Azim, 31, a lifeguard, told the Mirror: 'You don't know how much I love her and how upset I am. My heart is broken.'

The couple met four years ago at the Hilton hotel in Sharks Bay, near Sharm el-Sheikh, where he was working as a lifeguard and Miss Plummer was on holiday.

Mr Azim was speaking as Plummer's Egyptian lawyer Mohamed Osman confirmed that she would be soon be sent to al-Qanater prison in Cairo.

Miss Plummer has been sentenced to three years for smuggling Tramadol tablets, which are legal in the UK but banned in Egypt, into the country in her suitcase

Miss Plummer has been sentenced to three years for smuggling Tramadol tablets, which are legal in the UK but banned in Egypt, into the country in her suitcase

The notorious Qena Prison, where Laura was initially held before she was moved to a police station in Hurghada due to a lack of room 

The notorious Qena Prison, where Laura was initially held before she was moved to a police station in Hurghada due to a lack of room 

Miss Plummer was taken to the notorious Qena prison on Wednesday but it was decided there was no room for her. She is now at a police station in Hurghada.

The news that she will be sent to the al-Qanater prison comes as a Briton jailed in Egypt for theft has revealed the 'horrendous' conditions inside the jail.

Pete Farmer, 45, served his time at the prison in al-Qanater which he says is rife with violence and disease.

Up to 30 people are crammed into each tiny cell, he said, and are forced to share a single shower while the toilet is just a hole in the ground.

The DJ - who had worked in Sharm El Sheikh for 11 years - was released in November.

Photographs he took on a smuggled phone show the cramped cells, dirty toilets and the tiny window.

Speaking from Essex, where he is staying with family, Pete said: 'No one deserves that sort of punishment.

'I'm a man

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