Czech model jailed in Pakistan for trying to smuggle heroin to Abu Dhabi

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Czech model Tereza Hluskova, center, reacts after appearing in court in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. A Pakistani court sentenced the 22-year-old Czech model to eight years and eight months in jail after she was found guilty of drug trafficking. According to the court, Hluskova was arrested in possession of 8.5 kilograms, or 19 pounds, of heroin in January 2018 at the Lahore airport from where she was heading to Ireland via Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Lahore:  A court here on Wednesday sentenced a Czech model arrested last year on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi to eight years and eight months in jail.

The trial in the case was completed on January 9, The Dawn newspaper reported.

Pakistani police officers escort Tereza Hluskova, center, a Czech citizen, to a court in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Hluskova was arrested last year on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi. Since her arrest in 2018, she told investigators that she came to Pakistan to work as a model but that someone put narcotics into her luggage. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

After Tereza Hluskova, 21, was arrested on January 10, 2018, she told investigators that she came to Pakistan to work as a model but someone had put eight and a half kg of narcotics into her luggage when she was about to take a flight for Abu Dhabi.

Czech diplomats had provided her legal assistance.

During her trial, nine witnesses recorded their statements against the accused.

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