Air Cocaine French passenger to prove innocence in Dominican court
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- Frenchman Nicolas Pisapia, sentenced to 20 years in prison in Dominican Republic for drug trafficking, said he anxiously expects a hearing in his appeal to return “free and innocent” to France, rejecting to flee as the two French pilots convicted in the same case, AFP reports.
In an apartment complex in the upscale Punta Cana resort region located around 200 km east of Santo Domingo, Pisapia, 40, denied in an interview with AFP being aware of the plans of the pilots Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos, who fled to France last weekend, despite a court-ordered travel ban from pending his appeal.
On the night of March 19, 2013, at Punta Cana airport, Pisapia, the flight´s sole passenger was arrested along with the pilots and contractor Alain Castany, who is also in the Dominican Republic, when antinarcotics agents seized 680 kilos of cocaine on board a Falcon 50 executive jet about to take off for Saint-Tropez, France.
- Did you know the plans of the two pilots?
What happened I learned it from the press and online.
- Why didn’t you leave with them?
I am in Punta Cana (…). I have not had any relationship with them, I don’t know at all what has happened, I have not been aware, I have been here in Punta Cana.
- What is your relationship with them?
No relationship because as I explained I have been here in Punta Cana, the lawyers are those who communicate with each other.
- Do you think that the escape of the two pilots affects your personal situation?
I have spoken with lawyers in France and Dominican Republic. I think not, because I have always appeared at the hearings in Santo Domingo, I’ve always appeared in Santo Domingo to sign every month to prove my presence.
Oct 29, 2015
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