A HOLIDAY Brit jailed in Egypt for carrying painkillers in her suitcase has been paraded before the cameras for the first time since her arrest. Laura
A HOLIDAY Brit jailed in Egypt for carrying painkillers in her suitcase has been paraded before the cameras for the first time since her arrest.
Laura Plummer, 33, was filmed inside Cairo’s notorious Al Qanater prison sitting in the front row of a makeshift church during a recent Easter mass.
Laura Plummer pictured inside a makeshift church at Egypt’s Al Qanater prison during religious prayers
Laura, jailed on Boxing Day for three years for possessing banned Tramadol pills, is wearing a white prison-issue jilbab in the short footage.
The camera captures other inmates taking Holy Communion but pans round to show a glum-looking Laura staring straight ahead.
The minute-long video is the first time Laura has been seen since she was arrested at Hurghada airport on Egypt’s Red Sea coast on October 9.
The Foreign Office are aware of the footage and are secretly fuming.
PA:Press Association Plummer pictured before she was arrested at Hurghada airport on October 9
The camera captures other inmates taking Holy Communion at Al Qanater prison
A source said: “This is Egypt’s way of parading her before the world. They want it known that she is still in custody, but being well looked after.
“They put her on the front row deliberately for that purpose. This shouldn’t have been allowed to happen and is yet more heartache for her family.”
They are distraught after the video emerged online.
Laura, who has been behind bars ever since her arrest, looks unrecognisable from the snaps of her wearing bikinis on previous holidays.
Her florist 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.
Laura Plummer, pictured for the first time in months, tied her faded brown hair in a conservative up-do
“She doesn’t bear any resemblance to her. My mum is in bits and has complained to the Foreign Office.
“There doesn’t seem to be any urgency to review her case and it just feels like there’s one thing after another.”
Shop worker Laura East Yorkshire was held after she flew in for a two-week holiday with her Egyptian husband, Omar Saad, 33.
She has always maintained her innocence and insists the pills – given to her by a work pal – were for Omar who suffers with a bad back after a car crash.
Prosecutors originally charged her with smuggling – which carries the death penalty – but she was cleared after The Sun tracked down crucial evidence backing up her story.
Instead she was jailed for possession.
Plummer appears enthralled by the church service
Peter Jordan – The Sun Plummer’s mum Roberta, left, and sister Jayne, right, pictured leaving Al Qanater Prison, where she is still being held
Court documents, translated for The Sun, confirm: “We did not find any evidence which proves her intention to deal or sell the seized drugs, as she was not caught red-handed dealing, and also because the police did not find during her arrest any tools used for this act.
“The secret investigation also could not detect any links of the accused with alleged clients in Egypt, to whom she might be selling drugs, especially that she visits the country quite often.
“The investigations also revealed that although she has visited Egypt many times, she has never been arrested on any previous occasion, for possessing drugs or for having any kind of illegal substances.
“The investigations also found that the accused never had any suspected links or relations with any drug dealers or drug addicts in Egypt.
“The investigations proved also that the accused did not have any intention to use the possessed drugs herself.”