Czech model released in Pakistan after acquittal

FILE – Czech model Tereza Hluskova, center, reacts after appearing in court in Lahore, Pakistan on March 20, 2019. Hluskova, who was sentenced to eight years for attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, will be released next week after his acquittal by an appeals court, a defense lawyer said on Friday (November 5, 2021).KM Chaudary / AP

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates was released from prison on Saturday after his acquittal earlier this month, said his lawyer.

Late in the evening, Tereza Hluskova left Lahore prison in the east of the country, where she was handed over to representatives of the Czech embassy and headed for the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, according to her lawyer, Saiful Malook.

Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted about the release, saying the embassy in Islamabad would help organize his return to the Czech Republic.

The 24-year-old was arrested in January 2018 in possession of 8.5 kilograms, or 19 pounds, of heroin at Lahore airport from where she was heading to Ireland via Dubai, United Arab Emirates . His sentence also included a fine of $ 800.

She was acquitted in early November by an appeal court in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

At the time of the arrest and during her trial, Hluskova, who had come to Pakistan to work as a model, pleaded her innocence and that someone else had placed the narcotics in her luggage.

Pakistani authorities regularly arrest Pakistanis and foreigners for drug trafficking.

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