ALLOWING U.S. PILOTS TO RETURN HOME
The two U.S. pilots who
have been held in Rio de Janeiro since a fatal midair collision in
September will be allowed to go home, a Brazilian court said today. The
pilots -- Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, both of New York -- will have
their passports returned to them and can leave the country in 72 hours,
after being further debriefed by police, the court said. The two must
agree to return to Brazil for any further inquiry and judicial action.
"Restricting the freedom of movement for foreigners is not backed by the
domestic legal system," the court's statement said, according to
Reuters. Brazil is still investigating the crash, which was the worst in
the country's history. More...