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Second warrant issued for Customs officials in Czech model smuggling case

Second warrant issued for Customs officials in Czech model smuggling case

LAHORE: A local court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against the customs officials for the second time after they failed to before the court as the witnesses in a drug smuggling case against a Czech model.

Tereza Hluskova, who was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for trying to smuggle 9kg heroin from Lahore airport, was produced before an Additional Sessions Judge.

When the court asked about the customs witnesses, it was informed that they are not present to record the statement. The judge expressing anger ordered that the officials should be produced before the court on July 16 after arresting them.

Tereza Hluskova was travelling to Ireland via Abu Dhabi when she was caught by Customs officials after successfully passing through two Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) checking counters at Allama Iqbal International Airport in January. She was shifted to Customs House after the officials refused to hand her over to the ANF.

On July 3, the 21-year-old model, burst into tears after an Additional Sessions Judge passed an ‘unfavourable’ ruling, transferring the case to another judge.

She was presented before the court of Shahid Bashir Chaudhry on Monday, however, the judge remarked that due to the busy schedule in the backdrop of elections, he wanted to transfer the case in another court.

Upon this, the accused was left dismayed prompting the lawyer to request the same judge, continue the proceedings.

“The accused poses complete trust in you, you are well aware of the facts of the case, you should continue hearing the case,” pleaded the counsel. To this, the judge accepted the plea and fixed July 10th as the next hearing date.

“Thank you for your unflinching trust in me, however, the case would be decided on merit,” remarked the judge.