Air Cocaine case’s French pilot reaches deal with Dominican judiciary
Frenchman Henri Christophe Naudin, under arrest in the Dominican Republic accused of helping two pilots evade a sentence of 20 years in jail for drug trafficking, has reached a deal with the Dominican judiciary on Friday, 6 April 2017 that will enable his rapid return to France. As part of the deal he will serve five years in jail in France.
The lawyers said that Naudin agreed to plead guilty of the illicit trafficking of immigrants. Naudin had declared in France to the press that he participated in the drafting and implementing of the plan for the escape of French pilots Bruno Odos and Pascal Jean Fauret in October 2015. Odos and Fauret left the Dominican Republic to avoid serving a 20-year jail sentence.
Odos and Fauret had been accused of piloting a private jet that would have departed from Punta Cana International Airport on 20 March 2013 with 26 suitcases containing 680 kg of cocaine. The flight would have traveled to St. Tropez, France. The case has been dubbed part of the Air Cocaine drugs trafficking network by the media in France.
Naudin had been extradited to the Dominican Republic from Egypt on 4 March 2016. Odos and Fauret are in France. Meanwhile, Frenchmen Nicolas Pisapia and Alain Castany are still in the Dominican Republic serving their 2016 sentence of 20 years in jail. That case is in the court of appeals.
Source: DR1, http://www.20minutes.fr/
Apr 19, 2017
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