De Lima’s “nephew” nabbed after two years in hiding over drug instances


The National Investigation Bureau detained Friday Sen. Leila De Lima’s supposed nephew and former assistant, her co-accusedin 2 drug instances, his lawyer said after 2 years in hiding.

His lawyer Raymund Palad said Jose Adrian Dera, who supposedly conspired with De Lima to sell illegal drugs at Muntinlupa’s domestic penitentiary, was detained in his Pampanga province home.

Dera was also charged with orchestrating the detention of the latter’s daughter on drug charges by New Bilibid Prison prisoners Hans Tan and Peter Co, requesting millions of pesos and cars in return for her release. De Lima said she’s not familiar with Dera.

Since February 2017, the opposition senator, a strong critic of the anti-narcotics drive of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been arrested at Quezon City’s national police headquarters over the drug charges she said were part of political persecution.Dera will be taken to Manila’s NBI headquarters.

Meanwhile, De Lima is not entitled to bail and faces a maximum life imprisonment sentence if discovered guilty.

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