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Philippines’ Duterte vows comfort for Russian drug suspects

Philippines’ Duterte vows comfort for Russian drug suspects

 

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged two accused Russian drug traffickers will be detained in a “comfortable house”, rather than his nation’s badly over-crowded jails.

Duterte made the commitment at a meeting late Monday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev on the sidelines of a regional summit in Manila. “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,” Duterte told Medvedev, according to an official transcript.

“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.”

Yuri Kirdyushkin and Anastasia Novopashina were under investigation for drug smuggling but had not been convicted, Duterte said.

Duterte’s 16-month rule has been dominated by a crackdown on illegal drugs in which police have reported killing 3,967 suspects.