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Model breaks down in tears as she is sentenced to eight years in prison in Pakistan for trying to smuggle £1million of heroin into Ireland

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20/03/2019 Reuters and Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Model Tereza Hluskova © Getty Model Tereza Hluskova A model broke down in tears today as she was sentenced to eight years in prison in Pakistan for trying to smuggle £1million of heroin into Ireland.

Tereza Hluskova wept after she was handed the sentence in the eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

The court said the 22-year-old Czech model was arrested in possession of 19 lbs (8.5kg) of heroin in January 2018 at the Lahore airport. From there, she was heading to Ireland via Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the court said. 

Since her arrest, Hluskova has told investigators that she came to Pakistan to work as a model but that someone put narcotics into her luggage. 

a group of people posing for the camera: Czech model Tereza Hluskova broke down in tears today as she was sentenced to eight years in prison in Pakistan for trying to smuggle £1million of heroin into Ireland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Czech model Tereza Hluskova broke down in tears today as she was sentenced to eight years in prison in Pakistan for trying to smuggle £1million of heroin into Ireland

Her lawyer, Sardar Asghar Dogar, says she will appeal. Miss Hluskova was convicted during a court appearance last week. 

Her sentence also includes an $800 (£600) fine.

a couple of people that are looking at the camera: Tereza Hluskova, 22, wept after she was handed the sentence in the eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tereza Hluskova, 22, wept after she was handed the sentence in the eastern city of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province Previous reports said Miss Hluskova was stopped with a haul of the Class A drug stashed in statues in her luggage.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: The court said the 22-year-old Czech model was arrested in possession of 19 lbs of heroin in January 2018 at the Lahore airport © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The court said the 22-year-old Czech model was arrested in possession of 19 lbs of heroin in January 2018 at the Lahore airport The story gained attention when Miss Hluskova was captured smiling and posing for photos with Pakistani investigators after she was arrested at the airport. 

a close up of a woman wearing glasses: Miss Hluskova's trial was repeatedly delayed and she had been on bail in Pakistan © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Hluskova's trial was repeatedly delayed and she had been on bail in Pakistan

She has previously said she was in Pakistan for a modelling contract and told authorities she did not know how the heroin ended up in her suitcase. 

a woman wearing a white shirt and black hair: Miss Hluskova is facing more than eight years in prison after her conviction. The death penalty in Pakistan applies to those caught with over 10kgs of drugs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Hluskova is facing more than eight years in prison after her conviction. The death penalty in Pakistan applies to those caught with over 10kgs of drugs Two other men were also arrested and were due to face drug trafficking charges after police went through the model's phone. 

a person smiling for the camera: The story gained attention when Miss Hluskova was captured smiling and posing for photos with Pakistani investigators after she was arrested at the airport © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The story gained attention when Miss Hluskova was captured smiling and posing for photos with Pakistani investigators after she was arrested at the airport In a video, released online, a Pakistani customs official is shown 'discovering' the drugs hidden in the suitcase while Miss Hluskova looks on. She then puts her head in her hands.

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'.

a woman sitting on a bench posing for the camera: The model has previously said she was in Pakistan for a modelling contract and told authorities she did not know how the heroin ended up in her suitcase © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The model has previously said she was in Pakistan for a modelling contract and told authorities she did not know how the heroin ended up in her suitcase

In November last year, a man was jailed for three years after he threatened terrorist attacks on Pakistan if Miss Hluskova was not released.

a woman wearing glasses: Tereza Hluskova, 22, from the Czech Republic, was stopped at Lahore airport in Pakistan as she attempted to board a flight to Dublin, Ireland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tereza Hluskova, 22, from the Czech Republic, was stopped at Lahore airport in Pakistan as she attempted to board a flight to Dublin, Ireland 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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