French judge jails pilot in Dominican drug scandal
Paris.- One of two French pilots who fled the Dominican Republic, where they were convicted of drug trafficking, was incarcerated in Marseille prison Tuesday night, while the other is expected to be arraigned today.
Jean Reinhart, the lawyer for the pilot Bruno Odos, told the media that his client, arrested for interrogation on Monday, was sent to the jail Baumettes in Marseille and announced that he will appeal the incarceration.
Judge Christine Saunier Ruellan questioned Odos on his escape with his colleague Pascal Fauret from Santo Domingo, where they had been released on their own recognizance to await trial on appeal of their 20-year prison sentence.
Fauret, also arrested Monday, is expected to appear before the judge today when he also faces pretrial detention.
“I was under the impression of being in open-air prison,” Odos said to justify his escape and the grim feeling of “spending 20 years there,” according to statements published by radio station “France Info” on its website.
Odos also denied having knowledge of the drugs seized in the Falcon jet in the Dominican Republic, noting that commercial flight pilots have no control over the nature of the freight.
The Dominican Republic issued an international arrest warrant for the pilots last week, but the French government responded that they don’t extradite its nationals.
Nov 4, 2015
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