Drug Smuggling Case: Czech Model Challlenges sentence in LHC

A Czech model convicted for attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi challenged her sentence in the Lahore High Court on Tuesday.

An additional district and sessions court in Lahore on March 20 had sentenced Czech model Tereza Hluskova to eight years and eight months in jail and fined her Rs113,000 after she was arrested last year on charges of carrying eight and a half kilogrammes of heroin from Lahores Allama Iqbal International Airport.

In her appeal filed before the Lahore High Court through her lawyer, Hluskova has requested that the ruling of the sessions court be set aside as it negated the true facts of the case.

The 21-year old Czech model has claimed she is innocent and had come to Pakistan on a three-month family visit visa for Islamic studies.

During the hearing last month, Additional Sessions Judge Shehzad Raza had pronounced her guilty and handed her an eight year and eight months prison term. The hearing was also attended by the deputy secretary of the Czech embassy.

The court in its verdict had said the prosecution had been successful in confirming Hluskova was guilty of smuggling heroin and that she had failed to prove her innocence.

The court had further said she had the right to appeal her sentence.


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