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Wednesday, 5 April, 2000, 20:29 GMT 21:29 UK
Pakistani court exonerates Jemima Khan

Reports from Lahore say a Pakistani court has dropped smuggling charges against Jemima Khan, the wife of the politician and former cricketer, Imran Khan.

Agence France Presse said the Lahore High Court quashed a case in which Mrs Khan was accused of trying to export antique tiles illegally.

Mrs Khan -- the daughter of the late British businessman, Sir James Goldsmith -- pleaded in a petition to the court that the charge was fabricated under the government of the ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to harass and damage her husband.

The Ministry of Culture and Archaeology verified that the tiles in the case were not antiques.

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