Czech model acquitted in drug case leaves Pakistan prison

Czech model acquitted in drug case leaves Pakistan prison

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Prague: The Czech Foreign Minister said that a Czech model was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for drug trafficking in Pakistan in 2019. She was released on Saturday after being acquitted this month.

Tereza Hluskova, 25, was arrested at the airport in the eastern city of Lahore in Pakistan in January 2018 on charges of trafficking 9 kilograms of heroin.

A video released by a Pakistani customs official showed that when she tried to board a flight to the United Arab Emirates, the authorities found drugs hidden in her suitcase.

Hluskova insisted that someone put drugs in her suitcase and was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison and fined in March 2019.

But a court of appeals acquitted her on November 1 as “the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt”, according to her lawyer Saif ul Malook.

“The Czech citizen was released from prison in Pakistan today,” Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted.

“Our embassy will now help her arrange a trip back to the Czech Republic,” he added.

Pakistan shares a long porous border with Afghanistan, which is the world s largest illicit opium producer despite a decade of costly US and international counter-narcotics programmes.

Drug trafficking is a serious crime in Pakistan, and arrests at airports are not uncommon.

This South Asian country is part of the drug smuggling route from Afghanistan to Central Asia, Europe and North America.

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