UK's Laura Plummer appears on camera for first time since arrest in Egypt

Updated 17 April 2018
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UK's Laura Plummer appears on camera for first time since arrest in Egypt

  • Laura Plummer has been jailed for three years after she was founding carrying 290 Tramadol painkillers, which are banned in Egypt
  • Her family say they have complained to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

CAIRO: Briton, Laura Plummer, who was jailed in Egypt for possessing banned painkillers, has appeared before the cameras for the first time since her arrest.

Footage from local television channel Sada Al-Balad showed Plummer sitting at the front row of a makeshift church in Al Qanater prison, Cairo's women jail, during an Easter mass. 

The minute-long video showed her dressed in a white long-sleeved prison uniform. 

This is the first time the 33-year-old had been seen since her arrest in October at the Hurghada airport, Egypt's coastal Red Sea city. 

She is serving a three-year sentence for carrying 290 illegal Tramadol painkillers in her suitcase.  The drug is illegal in Egypt but not in the UK.  

Plummer’s sister Jayne Synclair, 40, told The Sun: "It's so hard to see her like this."

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

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is reportedly aware of the footage.


Israel army destroys Palestinian attacker’s West Bank home

Updated 17 December 2018
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Israel army destroys Palestinian attacker’s West Bank home

  • Three people were injured by rubber bullets, official Palestinian news agency Wafa said
  • Hundreds of soldiers surrounded the house in a suburb of Tulkarm in the north of the West Bank

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces destroyed the home of a Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis, in an army raid that triggered clashes overnight Monday, an AFP journalist said.
Three people were injured by rubber bullets, official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.
Hundreds of soldiers surrounded the house in a suburb of Tulkarm in the north of the West Bank, the AFP journalist said.
The army destroyed the walls of Ashraf Naalwa’s home on the ground and first floors of the house, before withdrawing on Monday morning.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the operation.
Naalwa, 23, was killed by the Israeli army last Thursday after a two-month manhunt.
He was accused of killing two Israeli colleagues in an industrial zone near the northern West Bank Jewish settlement of Barkan.
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas claimed Naalwa as one of its fighters.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered “the acceleration of the demolition of terrorists’ homes” in the wake of the recent wave of attacks.
Late Sunday, Israeli ministers gave initial approval to a bill that would allow the army to move family members of Palestinian attackers to a different West Bank location.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, whose Jewish Home faction was behind the bill, said it would help deter would-be assailants.
“The terrorists have stopped fearing us,” he said in a statement, noting that the justice ministry opposes the proposed legislation.