Dominican Republic vows to recapture French pilots
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic´s Justice Minister on Tuesday said he´ll request the extradition of the two French pilots who fled the country after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Francisco Dominguez said he has contacted the French authorities in order to extradite the pilots Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos “to assume their responsibility in the country.”
“We were at all times were firm in our position opposing the release of the now convicts, which was ordered by the 3rd Instruction Court, even when its ruling clearly established that the foreign pilots were closely linked to the drug shipment, as evidenced by testimony of eye witnesses and irrefutable documentary proof filed by the prosecution and on which stool a criminal trial,” the official said in a brief press conference.
He said an international alert was issued for the recapture of the pilots, who on Tuesday held a press conference in France with their lawyer Jean Reinhart.
Dominguez said authorities also opened an investigation into how the two men escaped and to identify possible accomplices, both Dominican and French.
The pilots and two other French citizens were sentenced to 20 years in prison on August 14, in connection with the 700 kgs of cocaine seized on board a Falcon executive jet at Punta Cana International Airport, headed to Saint-Tropez, France.
Oct 27, 2015
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