Model launches court appeal after being sentenced to eight years in prison in Pakistan for trying to smuggle £1million of heroin into Ireland
- Tereza Hluskova, 22, was handed sentence in Pakistani city of Lahore last month
- Court said the Czech model was arrested in possession of 19lbs of heroin in 2018
- Stopped at Lahore airport ‘from where she was heading to Ireland via Dubai’
- Appealing to have sentence overturned as it ‘negated the true facts of the case’
A model convicted for attempting to smuggle £1million of heroin from Pakistan to Ireland has today filed a court appeal to have her sentence overturned.
Tereza Hluskova was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison last month in the eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.
The 22-year-old Czech model was arrested in possession of 19 lbs (8.5kg) of heroin in January 2018 at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.
Tereza Hluskova, 22, from the Czech Republic, has launched an appeal against her eight-year prison sentence for drug smuggling
Hluskova was caught attempting to smuggle £1million of heroin from Pakistan to Ireland
Czech model Tereza Hluskova broke down in tears last month as she was sentenced to prison
She was heading to Ireland via Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the court said.
In her appeal filed to the Lahore High Court, Hluskova has requested that her sentence is overturned because ‘it negated the true facts of the case’.
Hluskova has claimed that she came to Pakistan to work as a model and that someone put narcotics into her luggage.
Hluskova wept after she was handed the sentence in the eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province
The story gained attention when Hluskova was captured smiling and posing for photos with Pakistani investigators after she was arrested at the airport
Previous reports said Hluskova was stopped with a haul of the Class A drug stashed in ‘statues’ in her luggage.
The story gained attention when Hluskova was captured smiling and posing for photos with Pakistani investigators after she was arrested at the airport.
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Two other men were also arrested and were due to face drug trafficking charges after police went through the model’s phone.
In a video, released online, a Pakistani customs official is shown ‘discovering’ the drugs hidden in the suitcase while Hluskova looks on. She then puts her head in her hands.
Hluskova said strangers approached her and put ornaments in her luggage and that she had no idea they were full of drugs
In November last year, a man was jailed for three years after he threatened terrorist attacks on Pakistan if Hluskova (pictured) was not released
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’.
In November last year, a man was jailed for three years after he threatened terrorist attacks on Pakistan if Hluskova was not released.
Nikolai Simeonov Ivanov, 21, from Bulgaria, sent threatening emails and text messages to a news website in Pakistan.
Ivanov admitted that he did not realise the consequences of sending the threats, a court heard.
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