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French pilots fled Dominican Republic 'to seek drug case justice'

French pilot Pascal Fauret (R), his lawyers Jean Reinhart (C) and Eric Dupond-Moretti speak during a press conference in Paris, on October 27, 2015Two French pilots given 20-year jail sentences in the Dominican Republic for cocaine-trafficking slipped out of the country and went home “to clear their names”, one of them said Tuesday, but the Caribbean nation said it would seek their re-arrest. Pascal Fauret, 55, and co-pilot Bruno Odos, 56, were back with their families in France after travelling by boat from the Dominican Republic to the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin, before flying to Martinique and then on to France. Fauret told reporters in Paris he felt the men had no choice but to leave the Dominican Republic, where they were not being held in detention pending a judicial appeal.

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