A session court in Lahore has finally released its verdict on the drug smuggling case involving the Czech model Tereza Hluskova, sentencing her to eight years and eight months in jail.
She was also fined Rs. 113,000 for attempting to smuggle several kilograms of drugs from Lahore Airport.
The Additional Session Judge Shehzad Rana announced the verdict late on Wednesday morning that was reserved on March 12. Co-accused Shoaib was acquitted on the grounds of lack of evidence against him.
The verdict said the prosecution had successfully proved that Tereza was guilty of smuggling 9 kg of heroin and that she failed to establish her innocence before the court. She, however, has a right to appeal against the judgment.
Officials from the Czech embassy provided legal assistance for Tereza during the hearings and were also present when the verdict was announced.
Tereza was arrested last year at Lahore Airport after she allegedly attempted to smuggle heroin to UAE.
Since her arrest in 2018, Hluskova maintained that she had come to Pakistan with an intention to work as a model and that someone put narcotics in her luggage.
However, she reportedly changed her stance and said she had come to learn about Islam in Pakistan.