Czech model acquitted in drug trafficking case

LAHORE: A bench in the Lahore High Court on Monday allowed an appeal from Czech model Tereza Hluskova and acquitted her in a drug trafficking case.

The judiciary composed of Judge Ali Baqar Najafi and Judge Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar announced a short-term order on the foreign national’s appeal.

On March 20, 2019, a trial court sentenced the model to eight years and eight months in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin from Lahore airport to Abu Dhabi in 2018. The trial judge said also imposed a fine of Rs 113,000 on the model.

The court of first instance acquitted a co-suspect namely Shoaib for lack of evidence. Three other co-suspects in the case had been declared delinquents during the trial.

According to the prosecution, the 21-year-old Czech model was attempting to smuggle 8.5 kg of heroin from Lahore airport to Abu Dhabi on January 10, 2018, but was intercepted by customs officials.

The prosecution presented nine witnesses against the model and other suspects.

Counsel for the model in the appeal argued that the conviction was beyond the merits of the case and without any concrete evidence against the appellant. He said the trial court relied solely on the prosecution’s concocted story and ignored the facts of the case.

The lawyer asked the High Court to quash the conviction and acquit the charges against him.

The model will be released from prison shortly after a detailed order is issued by the High Court.

Posted in Dawn, le 2 November 2021

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