Australian fugitive extradited

AN AUSTRALIAN fugitive who was recently nabbed by authorities in Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), Davao del Norte, will face drug trafficking raps in Australia, an official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Lawyer Mario Tonelete, regional director of NBI XI, said yesterday that the arrest of the fugitive identified as Markis Scott Turner was conducted with Australian police on Sept. 15.

He said Turner, who used the name Filip Novak while in Igacos, was immediately brought by Interpol agents the same day he was arrested. The fugitive has to be returned to his own country if his extradition papers have been accomplished, he said.

“(His) case was in Australia extradition treaty,” Tonelete said.

Reports cited that Turner was allegedly in Igacos since 2015.

In a report of Philippine Daily Inquirer, the case of Turner was involved in the importation of 71.6 kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to Australia within January 2009 and May 2011 through his firm, CQE Materials and Handling.

The drugs were suspected to be hidden inside the barrels the hydraulic oil.

The Australian government sought the arrest of the fugitive. This was coursed through Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II as both countries, Philippines and Australia, have an extradition treaty.

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