DNI testing reveals no signs of ‘cocaine case’ defendants’ biological materials on briefcases of Russian Embassy in Argentina
The attorneys of the so-called cocaine case defendants stated that DNI testing revealed no signs of their clients’ biological materials on briefcases of Russian Embassy in Argentina loaded with 363 kilos of cocaine.
Ali Abyanov’s attorneys Aleksandr Kostanyants shared the DNA testing results with TASS. Abyanov is one of the defendants. Kostanyants told the DNA testing showed his client was not involved with the drugs. Vladimir Kalmykov’s and Ishtimir Khudzhamov’s attorneys shared similar news and made similar statements. The police have yet to comment on the news.
Let us remind you that Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzhamov were arrested when receiving almost 400 kilos of cocaine disguised as diplomatic mail in a Moscow airport, according to investigators. Argentina police had replaced the drug with flour.
To recall, 12 suitcases with 362 kilos of cocaine were found at the school of the embassy of Russia in Buenos Aires on December 13, 2016. Argentinian and Russian police had been secretly conducting a drugs investigation for more than a year. After that, the police arrested embassy employee Ali Abyanov and businessmen Vladimir Kalmykov and Ishtimir Khudzhamov for suspected drugs trafficking to Russia through Europe. Argentinian police arrested police officer Ivan Bliznyuk and his accomplice Aleksandr Chikalo. German police arrested Kovalchuk who is allegedly the mastermind behind the scheme. It is being decided whether he will be extradited to Russia.
Defendants Kalmykov, Khudzhamov, and Abyanov have been put in jail until July 13. The judge refused to release them under house arrest despite Khudzhamov’s claim they had been cooperating with investigators to try and lure Kovalchuk out to Russia. Initially, the defendants were charged with attempted drugs trafficking and illegal drugs sale. Now, the charges were upgraded, and investigators claim the defendants ran their scheme on an especially large scale and as a gang. The defendants said it is a police provocation.
For several days now, the minds of the public in St. Petersburg are occupied with one piece of news – Lieutenant-General Umnov, head of the Main Directorate of the MIA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, leaves his post and sets off for a promotion to Moscow. Sergey Umnov is allegedly designated for the position of deputy minister of the MIA Vladimir Kolokoltsev. However, on the sidelines of the ministry they expect not a promotion for the Petersburg general, but an honorable resignation with the consequent loss of political weight.