A Czech model has been jailed for eight years in Pakistan for trying to smuggle £1 million worth of heroin into Ireland.
Tereza Hluskova, 22, cried as she was handed the eight-year jail sentence in Lahore last week.
The court said the Czech model was arrested in possession of 8.5kg of heroin in January 2018 at the Lahore airport. From Pakistan, she was heading to Ireland via Dubai, the court said.
Since her arrest, Hluskova has told investigators that she came to Pakistan for modelling work and someone planted the drugs in her suitcase.
Her lawyer, Sardar Asghar Dogar, said she will appeal the sentence, which also includes a £600 fine.
Miss Hluskova’s case gained prominence when she was pictured smiling and posing for photos with Pakistani investigators after she was detained at the airport.
Two other men were also arrested and are due to face drug trafficking charges after police went through the model’s mobile phone.
In an online video, a Pakistani customs official is filmed finding the heroin stashed in the luggage while Miss Hluskova puts her head in her hands.
She says in the video: “They gave me something for luggage, three statues or something. They said it was gifts. I didn’t know there was something inside.”
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