The case concerning the disappearance of Emiliano Sala will continue next year. Dave Henderson (66), a British pilot, is suspected of having played the role of intermediary to organize the tragic flight which transported the ex-striker of FC Nantes. Leaving for Cardiff (Wales), where he was to play, the latter had disappeared in the English Channel on January 21, 2019, with his pilot, David Ibbotson, less experienced than Henderson. The latter appeared on Monday by videoconference in a Welsh court. He will be judged on October 18, 2021.
The man from York, in the north of England, has pleaded not guilty to breaches of air navigation laws during a court hearing in Cardiff. He is accused of risking the safety of an aircraft, as well as of attempting to disembark a passenger without valid permission or authorization. He was nevertheless released on bail.
Cardiff, a suitable venue for the trial?
David Henderson was arrested for the first time, then released in June 2019 for manslaughter. He should, in all probability, have ensured the flight, then would have mandated David Ibbotson, less experienced, after having met the refusal of other pilots.
His lawyer, Stephen Spence, said he “would raise the question of whether Cardiff was a suitable venue for a fair trial, given Emiliano Sala’s connection to the Welsh capital football club. The accidental disappearance of the Argentinian player deeply affected the football world and the Nantes club.
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