Monday, May 7, 2012

Khadija Shah Facing the death penalty, the pregnant Briton caught smuggling £3.2m of heroin in Pakistan

A pregnant British woman could face the death penalty in Pakistan after she was caught trying to smuggle heroin worth £3.2million.

Khadija Shah, 25, was attempting to return to Birmingham with her two children when she was arrested by police officers who uncovered 140lb of the drug concealed inside clothes in three suitcases.

She claimed she took the bags as a favour for men she met in Pakistan and did not know what was in them. Authorities in the capital Islamabad suspect the men were gangsters.

The haul is believed to be the biggest of the Class A drug ever recovered at Islamabad airport destined for the streets of Britain.

Under Pakistani law, anyone arrested with drugs weighing more than 22lb (10kg) faces at least life imprisonment and at most the death penalty. Read More