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French pilots convicted for cocaine trafficking flee house arrest in Dominican Republic

  • FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, French pilots Bruno Odos, left, and Pascal Jean Fauret, who have been formally charged with drug trafficking, are escorted to a courtroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The two French pilots convicted to 20 years in prison for cocaine trafficking fled house arrest and have returned to France, their lawyer says Tuesday, Oct.27, 2015. The French government insisted it didn’t have anything to do with the daring and unusual escape. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, File)

    FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, French pilots Bruno Odos, left, and Pascal Jean Fauret, who have been formally charged with drug trafficking, are escorted to a courtroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The two French pilots convicted to 20 years in prison for cocaine trafficking fled house arrest and have returned to France, their lawyer says Tuesday, Oct.27, 2015. The French government insisted it didn’t have anything to do with the daring and unusual escape. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • French pilot Pascal Jean Fauret answers media during a press conference, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, following his daring escape from Dominican Republic. Two French pilots, Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos, were facing 20-years in a Dominican Republic prison for alleged cocaine trafficking, before they made a daring escape, sneaking home across the Atlantic.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    French pilot Pascal Jean Fauret answers media during a press conference, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, following his daring escape from Dominican Republic. Two French pilots, Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos, were facing 20-years in a Dominican Republic prison for alleged cocaine trafficking, before they made a daring escape, sneaking home across the Atlantic.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • French pilot Pascal Jean Fauret, right, arrives with his lawyer Eric Dupond Moretti, left, for a press conference, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, following his daring escape from Dominican Republic. Two French pilots, Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos, were facing 20-years in a Dominican Republic prison for alleged cocaine trafficking, before they made a daring escape, sneaking home across the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    French pilot Pascal Jean Fauret, right, arrives with his lawyer Eric Dupond Moretti, left, for a press conference, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, following his daring escape from Dominican Republic. Two French pilots, Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos, were facing 20-years in a Dominican Republic prison for alleged cocaine trafficking, before they made a daring escape, sneaking home across the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

Two French pilots sentenced to 20 years in prison in the Dominican Republic for cocaine trafficking fled house arrest and have returned to France, their lawyer says.

Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos had long insisted on their innocence, and their lawyer Jean Reinhart said on Europe-1 radio that the two are now at the "disposition" of French justice in hopes of clearing their names.

The French government insisted it didn't have anything to do with the daring and unusual escape.

Reinhart did not give details about how they escaped. BFM television reported that they left by boat to the French Antilles then flew to Paris, aided by former intelligence agents and a French politician.

The pair were convicted for involvement in a 700-kilogram (1,500-pound) shipment of cocaine in 2013.