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  • 18 March 2014, 21:44

UK Woman Jailed For Life In Pakistan Over Drugs

A British mother-of-three has been jailed by a Pakistan court for attempting to smuggle 139lbs of heroin out of the country.

Khadija Shah, from Birmingham, 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. Shah was also fined 300,000 rupees (1,800).

The 26-year-old, who was six months' pregnant when she was arrested, denied the allegations.

She gave birth to daughter Malaika in September 2012 while in custody on the drugs charges.

Her other children, a five-year-old boy and a four-year-old daughter, have returned to Britain.

Lawyer Shehzad Akbar said Shah had no idea there were drugs in her luggage and said they would appeal the sentence.

Legal charity Reprieve has urged the British Government to help.

Maya Foa, of Reprieve, said: "This is a terrible outcome for Khadija and her baby Malaika.

"As happens in hundreds of cases, she was used as a drugs mule without her knowledge, and yet is facing life in a Pakistani prison."

A spokesman for the British High Commission in Islamabad said they were providing consular support to Shah and her family.

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