Watch your luggage, French woman asks to serve jail sentence in France
Liana Guillon, a 41-year old French woman who says 11 kilos of cocaine were planted in her luggage when she left it in storage at her hotel in Puerto Plata, is now asking to serve the rest of her sentence in France. She was accused of being a drug trafficking mule and sentenced to eight years in jail. The woman says she is innocent but after two years in jail is morally and physically hurting. Her brother Eric Marin-Vallas says she has lost 20 kilos and suffers from constant epileptic fits. A mother of five, she wants to be able to see her children. The family is now requesting a transfer so she can serve the remainder of her sentence in France. She was initially offered the option but did not accept because she thought it would appear that she was admitting guilt. The French Supreme Court says there had been irregularities in the procedure, according to one of her lawyers, Mariana de Sevin who spoke during a press conference at the National French Assembly. Guillon was arrested at Puerto Plata airport in April 2012 prior to returning to France with her husband and a 15-month old baby. Her husband, Christophe Guillon, was also arrested but then released in October 2012. The deputy for French citizens abroad, Sergio Coronado said that Guillon’s arrest took place at a time when there was an increase in drug trafficking between the DR and France. 50% of cocaine arriving in France comes through the Dominican Republic, he said. Coronado pointed out that traffickers take advantage of French tourists, around 250,000 to 300,000, to ship the drugs to Europe.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
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