Duterte: Rus­sian drug sus­pects will get fair trial

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M ANILA: Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has pledged that two ac­cused Rus­sian drug traf­fick­ers will be de­tained in a “com­fort­able house”, rather than his na­tion’s badly over­crowded jails.

Duterte made the com­mit­ment at a meet­ing late on Mon­day with Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitri Medvedev on the side­lines of a re­gional sum­mit in Manila.

“I would just like to say we have a work­ing func­tional jus­tice sys­tem here and they will get a fair trial and 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 peo­ple will hap­pen.”

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

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