A French citizen, Christophe Naudin, sought by the Dominican Republic for facilitating the evasion of two French pilots sentenced for drug trafficking, has been extradited by Egypt.
Naudin, a criminologist and specialist of the aviation security had been arrested in Cairo on February 4th following an arrest warrant issued by the Dominican Republic.
It is alleged that Naudin participated in the escape of two French pilots Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos.
The extradition has been confirmed to news agencies by Egypt’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Naudin’s wife.
“I was informed by a source at the Foreign Ministry that he was on his way to the Dominican Republic,” Michèle Naudin said.
Olivier Cadic, member of a committee which supports Christophe Naudin also confirmed the extradition.
“We are really surprised by the decision of the Egyptian Attorney General to extradite him to the Dominican Republic. We have appealed against that decision to the state council,” Hicham Hamadou, Christophe Naudin’s lawyer said.
“We have filed various appeals. Last Monday we went before the council of state to appeal against the extradition. But we were surprised this morning that Christophe Naudin has been taken to the Dominican Republic. We only got to know after he left Egyptian territory,” Marina Timothaous, Naudin’s female lawyer added.
In November last year, the Dominican Republic issued arrest warrants for Aymeric Chauprade, a member of the European parliament, Jean-Marie Le Pen, a former leader of the Extreme Right party, Front National and Pierre Malinowski for their alleged involvement in the escape of the two French pilots.