Czech mannequin acquitted in drug case leaves Pakistan jail

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  • Tereza Hluskova was arrested on the airport in Lahore for trafficking 9 kilogrammes of heroin in January 2018.
  • “The Czech citizen was launched from jail in Pakistan at this time,” Czech International Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted.
  • He says their embassy will now assist her organize a visit again to the Czech Republic.

PRAGUE: A Czech mannequin sentenced to over eight years in jail for drug trafficking in Pakistan in 2019 was launched Saturday after her acquittal this month, the Czech international minister mentioned.

Tereza Hluskova, 25, was arrested on the airport in Lahore for trafficking 9 kilogrammes of heroin in January 2018.

Footage launched by Pakistani customs officers confirmed authorities uncovering medication hidden in her suitcase as she was attempting to board a flight headed for the United Arab Emirates.

Hluskova, who insisted somebody had positioned the medication in her suitcase, was sentenced in March 2019 to eight years and eight months in jail and was additionally fined.

However a court docket of appeals acquitted her on November 1 as “the prosecution did not show its case past an affordable doubt”, in accordance with her lawyer Saif ul Malook.

“The Czech citizen was launched from jail in Pakistan at this time,” Czech International Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted.

“Our embassy will now assist her organize a visit again to the Czech Republic,” he added.

Pakistan shares an extended porous border with Afghanistan.

Drug trafficking is a severe offence in Pakistan and arrests at airports aren’t unusual.

The South Asian nation is a part of the drug-smuggling routes from Afghanistan to Central Asia, Europe and North America.