Persons involved in cocaine shipments from Argentina taken out of jail to unknown destination

Persons involved in cocaine shipments from Argentina taken out of jail to unknown destination
Andrey Kovalchuk

In August, the main defendant, an ex-employee of the Russian embassy, survived a poisoning attempt.

Persons involved in the criminal case on the transportation of diplomatic mail with cocaine from Argentina to Moscow were taken from the capital's pre-trial detention center No. 5 in an unknown direction, Telegram channel Mash reports, citing Abubakar Vadaev, the lawyer of one of the accused, Andrey Kovalchuk.

According to the lawyer, earlier Kovalchuk was put on record as a person prone to suicide. This happened after Kovalchuk was poisoned with potato broth in April 2019. “They slipped him oil after frying herring, which, considering its composition, is a kind of deadly poison,” Vadaev then told the TV channel Rain

In December 2018, an electric kettle with a bare wire was handed over to Kovalchuk, Vadaev said. When he plugged the kettle in, Kovalchuk was “badly electrocuted and thrown to the bed.” 

In December 2016, 12 suitcases with drugs that were being prepared for transportation by plane to Russia were found in a school building at the Russian Embassy in Argentina. Two years later, within this case in Germany, a former embassy technical employee, entrepreneur Andrey Kovalchuk was detained. Kovalchuk pleads innocent.

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