A British woman named Laura Plummer is serving a three-year jail sentence in Egypt for smuggling a banned drug, Tramadol. The Tramadol tablets were found in her suitcase on October 9 and she claimed that these were intended to be used by her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo for alleviating back pains.
Tramadol is a legally prescribed painkiller in the UK but it is illegal in Egypt. Plummer said that she did not know the tablets were illegal in Egypt.
Her family has now claimed that she has already been transferred to a notorious prison and that her mother has not had any chance to say goodbye to her convicted daughter.
Plummer's sister Rachel said their mother Roberta Synclair had been told her daughter would be held in police cells so she could visit her. But the family said Ms Synclair went to the cells only to find that Plummer had already been transferred to a prison in Qena.
"Obviously that's even more devastating for my mum because she's not got to say goodbye to Laura," Rachel Plummer said. "No prisons are nice but I think Qena's the bad one."
Plummer's lawyer Mohamed Othman spoke to the BBC and told them that he was applying for her to be moved to Qanater prison, which is closer to Cairo, and has "better conditions" ahead of an appeal against her conviction.
Her sister claimed that "she is on the verge of a mental breakdown" while also dispelling reports that there had been attacks on Laura in prison.