French pilot trial delayed again
The trial of four Frenchmen and ten Dominicans accused of trying to smuggle 700 kilograms of cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France was adjourned for the third time yesterday, Monday 20 April 2015 as the defense stated that two of the three judges would not be impartial.
According to the third judge, Giselle Mendez, the trial has to wait until the Court of Appeal can hear the case about the other judges.
The defense lawyers say that prosecutor Milciades Guzman violated the law as she mentioned three other drug dealing cases allegedly involving the accused in but their inclusion was forbidden in the first trial.
As judges Ingrid Fernandez and Claribel Nivar refused to acknowledge the defense team’s request, their replacement was requested.
The four Frenchmen, pilots Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos, the man in charge of finding passengers for the flight, Alain Castany and passenger Nicolas Pasapia, were arrested on 19 March 2013 for allegedly being in possession of 26 suitcases packed with 700 kilos of cocaine in an airplane going from Punta Cana to France.
Source: DR1, Hoy
April 21, 2015
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