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Pakistan jails British woman for drug-smuggling

Published on Mar 18, 2014 8:10 PM
British prisoner Khadija Shah, who has been convicted of attempting to smuggle narcotics, covers her face with a garment as she walks past photographers after a court hearing in Rawalpindi on March 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A court in Pakistan on Tuesday jailed a British mother-of-three for life for attempting to smuggle 63kg of heroin out of the country.

Khadija Shah, who is from the central city of Birmingham and of Pakistani descent, was arrested at Islamabad airport in May 2012 when the drugs were found in her luggage.

She was convicted and sentenced at a special narcotics court in Rawalpindi, the twin city of Islamabad, according to legal papers seen by AFP. She was also fined 300,000 rupees (S$3,800) Shah, 26, who was six months pregnant when she was arrested, denied the allegations. She gave birth to a daughter last September while in custody on the drugs charges.

Her lawyer Shehzad Akbar said she had no idea there were drugs in her luggage and they would appeal.

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