Egypt extradites Frenchman in 'Air Cocaine' case: wife

3rd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Egypt extradited Frenchman Christophe Naudin to the Dominican Republic on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the escape of two pilots jailed in a drugs case dubbed "Air Cocaine," his wife told AFP.

Naudin, a criminologist and aviation security expert who was arrested in Cairo on February 4, is wanted in the Caribbean nation on suspicion of helping pilots Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos flee to France in October after they had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking.

The pair, who have always maintained their innocence, were arrested in March 2013 as they were about to depart from Punta Cana in a private jet found to be carrying 680 kilos (1,500 pounds) of cocaine. They were rearrested in November near the French city of Lyon.

"It was a foreign ministry department that told me he was in the plane en route for the Dominican Republic via New York," Naudin's wife Michele told AFP.

An Egyptian interior ministry official confirmed that the extradition flight had left.

On February 11, an appeals court in the Dominican Republic upheld 20-year prison sentences for the two pilots.

© 2016 AFP

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