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Pilots’ escape reveals weaknesses in Dominican judiciary

The escape of two French pilots, Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for bringing drugs worth an estimated EUR30 million into the country in a private plane, is new evidence of the weakness of the Dominican judicial system, El Nuevo Diario writes today.

Fauret and Odos along with Frenchmen Nicolas Pisapia and Alain Castany were about to leave from Punta Cana International Airport on board a Dassault Falcon 50 jet when the suitcases full of cocaine were discovered on board.

Now it is known that the pilots fled the country by speedboat to St. Martin, in an operation reportedly carried out by former French military personnel, and from there to Martinique from where they flew to Paris using their own identities.

El Nuevo Diario writes today, Wednesday 28 October 2015: “Circumventing the judicial system in Dominican Republic is not new. What has changed is the method used in the crimes, when people guilty or otherwise, evade the weight of the law in the Dominican Republic.”

The newspaper comments:

“The sudden and quick escape by the foreigners merely adds a brick to the monument that rises to the lack of credibility of Dominican justice.

“After being sentenced to 20 years on drug trafficking charges, the pilots appealed the decision and a court gave them house arrest, while forbidding them from leaving the country.

It is known that the acting prosecutors in the case maintained a firm stance, opposing any change in the initial coercive measure that consisted of preventive custody, on the grounds that the accused represented a strong flight risk, as has been evidenced.”

Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito said yesterday, Tuesday 27 October 2015 that he has requested international arrest warrants for the French pilots.

He said that the justice system must be stronger against international drug trafficking, especially when it comes to adhering to preventive custody measures imposed on traffickers of other nationalities, as reported in El Nuevo Diario.

Two others convicted in the case, passenger Nicolas Pisapia and Alain Castany could face more severe measures following the action taken by the pilots.

The Dominican Alliance Against Corruption (Adocco) asked the Minister of Defense of the country to explain how this could have happened.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Oct 28, 2015

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