The little old lady's intentions were pure, making the con all the more easier for the perpetrators.
Outrage gripped the quiet folk of the village of Darin in Nabaruh City, Dakahliya – who took to the streets after last Friday prayer to protest the unjust accusation of Saadeya Hammad; allegedly conned into drug trafficking by her neighbour on her way to Saudi Arabia. She was arrested by the Gulf country’s local authorities upon closer inspection of her possessions.
The story isn’t too dissimilar from the recent international scandal involving British citizen Laura Plummer – who was also tricked into smuggling something around 290 Tramadol tablets to her Egyptian significant other. The 75-year-old Hammad was allegedly promised an all-expenses paid visa to Saudi Arabia to perform an Umrah, believing that it was one of 15 Umrah visas generously provided to Egyptians by a Saudi Businessman. According to Hammad’s daughter, all costs would be taken care of so long as “the arrangements be kept secret.” Her daughter further went on to elaborate; “We were very happy that our mother would travel to perform Umrah. My mother headed to Cairo airport and the man told her not to bring anything with her, as they will give her everything upon arrival. At Cairo airport, he gave her a handbag to deliver to the Saudi businessman who donated her trip. He told her that the bag only included papers for the benefactor, who would recognize her upon arrival in the Saudi airport,”
Her family had received a call from the distressed mother, telling them of her arrest over the narcotic-filled bag in her possession, she was later transferred to a hospital due to her poor condition. Protesters vehemently demanded the release of the jaded Hammad, calling for the arrest of the conman instead, and handing him over to the relevant authorities for due process.
Photo from alghad.com.