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Lawyer says client's rooster owned drugs
Philippines. (The Australlian Herald Sun)

A lawyer has told a court in the Philippines that drugs found in a rooster's cage belonged to the bird and not his client.

Manuel Urbina said defendant Francisco Armando Rivera didn't own the 67 kilograms of cocaine or the gun that was found in the cage.

Urbina argued in the court in Managua that the rooster and two hens owned the drugs and the weapon. Rivera was arrested and charged with cocaine possession.

Prosecutors however have dismissed the claim as "absurd and impertinent," reports Australia's Herald Sun.

Urbina said: "The drugs were in the possession of a rooster and two hens, and the law is very clear that whoever is in possession of the drugs is the one who should be accused."

Urbina said the prosecution must prove that the drugs actually belonged to his client.

Attorney General Julio Centeno called the defense case "an absurd joke."

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