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Czech out Czech model caught in plot to smuggle heroin into Ireland files motion to be freed

She was acquitted of charges the charges in 2021 but has yet to return home to Prague


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)

A Czech model who was caught up in a plot to smuggle €1.17m worth of heroin into Ireland has filed a motion to be allowed to return home.

According to Pakistani publication Pakistan Today, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) served a notice on the Ministry of Interior with a petition to return to Czech Republic filed by 24-year-old Tereza Hluskova.

On Thursday, Justice Aamer Farooq ordered the ministry to submit a response to her petition within two weeks.

In 2019 she was fined $800 and sentenced to almost nine years in prison on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

At the time of the arrest and during her trial, Hluskova, who had travelled to Pakistan to work as a model, pleaded not guilty and claimed that someone else placed the narcotics in her luggage.

She was then released from prison in November 2021 after being acquitted of the charges but has yet to return to her home country.


Tereza Hluskova (Facebook)

Tereza Hluskova (Facebook)

Tereza Hluskova (Facebook)

The model, who was caught with 8.5 kilograms of heroin at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, was travelling to Ireland via Dubai in November 2018.

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.”

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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