THE Department of Justice is now coordinating with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the transfer of two Russian drug suspects to a “comfortable house” as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte had committed to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that suspects, Yuri Kirdyushkin and Anastasia Novopashina will be given a fair trial and a “comfy detention cell or quarters.”
“I would just like to say that we have a working functional justice system here and they will get a fair trial and that they will be detained in a comfortable house. Whether (the allegations are) true or not, we will find out but I will see to it that they are treated fairly and no additional stress on their person that will happen,” Duterte told Medvedev on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila.
Kirdyushkin was arrested after he was caught with 10 kilos of cocaine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in October last year, while Novopashina was nabbed after Customs operatives found nearly 13 kilos of cocaine in her luggage in November 2016.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that both suspects are now undergoing trial for drug trafficking. Kirdyushkin is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City while Novopashina is held at the Pasay City Jail.
“They are in detention. I am making arrangements to implement the order of President Duterte,” the Justice chief said.
Aguirre clarified that President Duterte never promised to the Russian Prime Minister “special treatment” for the drug suspects.
“It’s possible, but we can’t call that special treatment. What we can say is that their detention cell should not be overcrowded,” Aguirre said.