French pilots flee Dominican Republic over drug conviction

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Two French pilots facing 20 years in a Dominican Republic prison for cocaine trafficking made a daring escape, sneaking home across the Atlantic.The escape from judicial supervision by pilots Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos, confirmed by their lawyer and a French official, now puts them in unusual legal limbo.The two had insisted on their innocence since their arrest in 2013. They were barred from leaving the Dominican Republic pending an appeal of this year’s conviction.Their lawyer Jean Reinhart said on Europe-1 radio Tuesday that the two are now in France and at the “disposition” of French justice in hopes of clearing their names.He didn’t give details about how they escaped, but the circumstances reported in French media sound cinematic.BFM television reported that they left on a purported local tourist cruise, then transferred to a larger boat with the help of a French politician, former naval officers and former intelligence agents — “friends” of the pilots from their service in the French Navy.The two were then taken to the French Antilles, where they boarded a commercial flight for Paris, BFM reported. Their lawyer said they travelled under their real names.An official with the French Foreign Ministry said the French government had nothing to do with their escape from justice in the Dominican Republic. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to ministry policy.The pilots were among eight people convicted for involvement in a 700-kilogram (1,500-pound) shipment of cocaine in 2013. The pilots said they didn’t know the plane was carrying 26 suitcases of cocaine. The arrests came after a lengthy investigation into a drug-trafficking ring.“It is not true justice,” Reinhart said. “When you have an order that is illegal, you have to not respect it.” He said the pilots are now with their families, suffering from respiratory and dental problems but “happy to be in their country.” Sharing is caring! 586 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share InternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegionalTravel French pilots flee Dominican Republic over drug conviction by: Associated Press – October 27, 2015last_img read more

Golden Jaguars, Indigenous XI excited to play Charity match on Sunday

first_imgTHE Indigenous XI and the Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s National football team, are anxious to face each other in a Charity game, organised by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to aid in the support their Caribbean counterparts, who are victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which emaciated parts of the Region earlier this month.The Everest ground will host the first-of-its-kind match, which will kick off at 20:00hrs. The opening game, a female encounter starting at 18:00hrs will bring together the National Under-17 squad against an All-Star team.“It’s a great idea to have the game,” said Jeremey Garrett, who will be turning out for the President’s XI. He also noted, “The whole idea of the game is to give charity to the countries that were affected by the hurricanes. I know we’re one of the luckiest countries in the world because we don’t experience these things; if we did I know for a fact that we would have wanted help from other countries. So for the country to come up with an idea like this I must commend those who really thought of the idea to have a game to lend help to the other countries that were affected.”National player Delano Mentore, who will be featuring for the Indigenous All-Star XI, said it is a great opportunity for the players from the hinterland to play against the national set-up.“We’re looking forward for the support from the fans. We hope you come out in numbers and we’re here to give the Golden Jaguars – it’s not a walkover like they said, but we’re here to put our best foot forward and enjoy the match,” Mentore stated.Funds garnered from the two games will go to victims of hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands. Admission to the venue is $500, and persons can make donations at a desk that will be set up at the venue.last_img read more