Quick links: Breaking Election Invest Bitcoin Syria North Korea Hot clicks Scandal Topless
www.paywallnews.com Only News Behind Paywalls
Mirror UK / News - Politics

Hellhole Egypt prison where Brit woman's family fears she'll die

Laura Plummer's "devastated" family claim she's been let down by Foreign Office after being made to sign a 'document completely in Arabic'


The hellhole jail that awaits Laura Plummer is home to some of Egypt's most dangerous prisoners - and is run by prison guards accused of torture and horrifying neglect.

On Christmas Day Miss Plummer, 33, was jailed for smuggling drugs after she was found with 300 Tramadol tablets in October.

Now her family say she is about to be transferred to the hellish Qena prison to begin her three-year sentence after spending custody inside a squalid jail cell with 25 other prisoners.

Miss Plummer's family fear 'she will not survive' in the prison, which is home jihadists, rapists and murderers.

Qena prison, based in a town on the Nile about an hour’s drive north of Luxor, is where all hope is lost.

Laura Plummer (centre) is being held in Egypt - and sister Jayne (left) is concerned for her welfare (Image: Facebook)
Read More
  • 'She'll die': Family of Brit jailed for drug smuggling fear she won't survive three years in hellish Egyptian prison

Prisoners are housed in cramped squalid conditions, cut off from the outside world and shackled to bare concrete walls.

The small cells, without electricity or fans to stave off the sweltering summer heat.

Ruthless guards hand out regular punishments by locking inmates up in solitary confinement in complete darkness and taking their bedding during the winter.

Dozens of inmates are on death row, kept apart from the general population and forced to wear red jump suits so they can be well identified while others wear all white uniforms.

Human rights groups say inmates include some of the top leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, who are kept alongside alleged members of the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

She was carrying painkillers in Egypt

Laura's family are devastated at the sentence (Image: PA)

Visits with relatives and lawyers are irregular and even banned for long periods of time.

The maximum visits will be one a fortnight and relatives have to pay for all food for the prisoner.

Observers have told how most inmates lose a dramatic amount of weight, become withdrawn and depressed.

The wife of one prisoner wrote in a blog post of how the prison system is”dehumanizing even for the visitor”, adding: “Prison is absolute paralysis, complete isolation and utterly impoverishing”.

Read More

Laura Plummer

  • Brit 'drug smuggler' jailed
  • Laura's family fear she'll die
  • Inside hell hole jail
  • Truth behind the drugs

Among further horrifying details to come out about the prison is a 2016 report about brutal prison guard Islam Abdel-Badie who was transferred to Qena after torturing a prisoner to death at Minya Prison in north easter Egypt.

Abndel-Badie had tortured Qena inmate Mohamed Ahmed Maghrebi, 26, who was in custody pending an investigation.

Laura Plummer was jailed for three years (Image: PA)

Laura Plummer and her boyfriend Omar (Image: SWNS.com)
Read More
  • Brit 'drug smuggler' Laura Plummer held in Egyptian hellhole jail with 'murderers, heroin addicts and prostitutes'

He carried out the horrific assaults in front of other guards and police officers at the prison - some of which even joined in, reports Ikhwan Web.

The Chief of Detectives then colluded with a hospital officer to create a report claiming the injuries were actually self-inflicted - and it's believed the prison guard still works there.

It's believed Abdel-Badie still works at the jail, despite further reports that he had broke into prison cells and pulled away all bed covers and blankets, and banned inmates from receiving any bed covers in visits, in spite of the bitter cold.

In November 2014 leading Muslim Brotherhood leader Abu Bakr al-Qady died in Qena Prison after he was allegedly denied medical care while he suffered from stomach cancer.

Miss Plummer's "devastated" family said today they felt she had been let down by Foreign Office after being made to sign a 'document completely in Arabic'

After that the shop worker sobbed in the dock when she was told she had 'confessed to her crimes'.

Her heartbroken sister Jayne Synclair, 40, told the Mirror she fears Laura "will probably be dead" if she has to serve three years in the Egyptian jail.

Ms Synclair said: "If she ever makes it out of there, I will be amazed.

Laura's father has said the family are “distraught and devastated beyond words” (Image: Hull Daily Mail / MEN Media)

"She will probably be dead if she has to stay in there for three years.

"She is not the strongest person, she's already having a nervous breakdown and is being kicked and punched in the holding prison.

"We think the sentence is absolutely disgusting. We are devastated and we are speechless."

Laura's mother Roberta was in court today as her daughter was handed the harsh sentence.

Ms Plummer, from Hull, has always maintained the Tramadol tablets were for her partner, Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

The trial was expected to begin today and she wept as she appeared before a judge in handcuffs on Christmas morning .

But she was suddenly handed a three-year sentence for the charge of drug smuggling after reportedly pleading guilty by 'mistake'.

Laura's mum and two sisters on This Morning (Image: ITV)
Read More
  • Brit tourist accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt in suitcase sentenced to three years in jail

Her family claim she was forced to sign a document she "did not understand" that was all in Arabic.

Ms Sinclair said: "The whole thing is an absolute farce - she had absolutely no idea what she was signing, they made her sign a document that was in Arabic.

"It is a set up. She is a normal girl from a good family who works in a shop.

"How could she be jailed for three years for carrying three packets? Who would she be selling it to?

"Given the evidence, we just don't understand how they could find her guilty."

Ms Plummer and her family plan to appeal against her sentencing, but fear it could take weeks or months.

Laura with her mum and sisters in happier times (Image: Facebook)

The family also said they felt "let down" by the Foreign Office.

"The Foreign Office have not stepped up at all - they haven’t supported us, they weren’t in court," Jayne said.

The Mirror has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.

Egyptian prisons are notorious for repeated human rights violations.

She previously told the Mirror that her sister is being held in terrible conditions in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Her family said she is being held with "murderers, heroin addicts and prostitutes" sharing her 15ft by 15ft cell.

They also praised their family lawyer, Mohamed Othman, for doing an "incredible job" in court.

ADS