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.


Dozens of bodies found in Raqqa mass grave

Updated 13 min 39 sec ago
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Dozens of bodies found in Raqqa mass grave

  • Raqqa was the de facto “capital” of the Daesh group in northern Syria until the terror group was ousted by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in October 2017
  • Daesh has been held responsible for multiple atrocities during its reign of terror, including mass executions and decapitations

QAMISHLI, Syria: Dozens of bodies, including those of jihadists and civilians, have been found in a mass grave in the former Daesh group stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, a local official said on Saturday.
The former de facto “capital” of the group in northern Syria, Raqqa saw the jihadists ousted by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in October 2017.
Nearly 50 bodies had already been recovered from the mass grave, which could contain up to 200 bodies, Abdallah Al-Eriane, a senior official with Raqqa Civil Council now running the city, said,
The mass grave was located under a football pitch, close to a hospital where the jihadists had dug in before being chased out of the city.
“It was apparently the only place available for burials, which were done in haste. The jihadists were holed up in the hospital,” the official said, adding that some bodies were marked with the nom de guerre of the jihadist while civilians just had first names.
In recent months, both Syria and Iraq have discovered mass graves in areas previously occupied by the jihadists.
Syrian troops uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of more than 30 people killed by Daesh in Raqqa province in February.
It followed two other similar finds by the Syrian army.
The Daesh group, which proclaimed a “caliphate” over swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, has now lost almost all the land it once controlled.
It has been held responsible for multiple atrocities during its reign of terror, including mass executions and decapitations.