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Czech Model Freed From Pakistani Prison After Drug-Trafficking Acquittal

Tereza Hluskova leaves a court in Lahore on January 8.
Tereza Hluskova leaves a court in Lahore on January 8.

A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to more than eight years in a Pakistani prison for drug trafficking was released following her acquittal earlier this month.

Tereza Hluskova will be helped by the Czech Embassy to return home, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted on November 20.

Hluskova was arrested in January 2018 at the airport in Lahore after police found 9 kilograms of heroin in her suitcase as she was heading to Ireland via the United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old, who claimed someone had planted the drugs in her luggage, was convicted and sentenced in March 2019 to eight years and eight months in prison for the offense.

But an appeals court in Lahore in early November acquitted her because "the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to her lawyer, Saif ul Malook.

Drug trafficking is a serious offense in Pakistan, which lies on drug-smuggling routes from top opium producer Afghanistan to Central Asia, Europe, and North America.

With reporting by AFP and AP
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