Frenchman on trial in Punta Cana drug case
The trial of four Frenchmen accused of trying to smuggle 700 kilos of cocaine to France in a private plane in 2013 resumed yesterday, Monday 1 December 2014. It should have started on 22 September but the defense lawyers had asked for more time.
Pilots 44-year old Pascal Jean Fauret and 54-year old Bruno Odos, and flight attendant Alain Castany, 67, as well as a 38-year old passenger, Nicolas Pisapia, appeared in court in Santo Domingo together with 10 Dominican immigration and customs agents.
The accused Frenchmen have always declared their innocence saying they had no knowledge of the drugs in the 26 suitcases on board the plane that belongs to French businessman Alain Afflelou.
The accused were arrested at Punta Cana International Airport on 20 March 2013 and spent one year three months in custody during the first part of the process. They were released on bail on 17 June when it was decided there was sufficient evidence against them for the case to proceed to trial.
Source: DR1, Hoy
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