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Czech mate Czech model caught in plot to smuggle €1.17m of heroin into Ireland cleared on appeal

Tereza Hluskova (25) claimed someone had placed the drugs in her suitcase without her knowledge.

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Tereza Hluskova (Facebook)

Tereza Hluskova (Facebook)

Tereza Hluskova (Facebook)

A Czech model jailed for eight years in Pakistan after being caught up in a plot to smuggle €1.17 million of heroin into Ireland has been cleared on appeal.

Tereza Hluskova (25) was arrested in January 2018 at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport where 8.5 kilos of heroin was found in her luggage as she was heading to Ireland via Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

She was jailed despite her claims that someone had placed the drugs in her suitcase without her knowledge.

'The prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and the court ordered that she be released from prison,' her lawyer Saif ul Malook told AFP this week.

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Tereza Hluskova at a pervious court hearing (AFP/Getty)

Tereza Hluskova at a pervious court hearing (AFP/Getty)

Tereza Hluskova at a pervious court hearing (AFP/Getty)

The paperwork for her release order will take up to one week to process, he added.

He said Hluskova intends to return straight to Prague.

'Based on information from (her) lawyer, we can confirm a court of appeals has decided to acquit the Czech national in Pakistan,' the Czech foreign ministry said in a tweet.

Hluskova has claimed that she came to Pakistan to work as a model and that someone put the drugs into her luggage.

Her 2019 trial heard the model travelled to Pakistan after meeting a man in Manchester who had allegedly set up a fake photography studio.

Previous reports said Hluskova was stopped with the haul of the Class A drug stashed in 'statues' in her luggage.

Footage released by Pakistani customs officials showed authorities uncovering drugs hidden in her suitcase as she was trying to board a flight headed for the United Arab Emirates.

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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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A tearful Tereza Hluskova after she was sentenced

A tearful Tereza Hluskova after she was sentenced

A tearful Tereza Hluskova after she was sentenced

Hluskova said strangers approached her and put the ornaments in her luggage and that she had no idea they were full of drugs.

Pakistan is bordered by Afghanistan, which is the world's largest opium producer.

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