Pascal Fauret and Bruno Odos and 38 other people, including two other French nationals, were in court for the seventh time on Friday but Judge Elka Reyes postponed the hearing to 8 May to give the prosecution more time to work on its case.
“Every day counts, it’s now 13 months and one week,” Fauret said after the decision. “It’s beginning to get a bit long.”
The two were at the controls of the Falcon 50, owned by French eyeglass manufacturer Alain Afflelou but chartered to a French-based hire company, SN-THS, when the Dominican drug enforcement agency found the cocaine.
The main French pilots’ union launched a boycott of the Dominican Republic in protest at the delay in bringing the case to trial but lifted it at the beginning of April, saying that the case "has progressed rapidly", citing Friday’s hearing as evidence.
On 3 March French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius described the repeated postponements as “very shocking” and called for a hearing soon.
On 19 April 150 people demonstrated in support of the pilots in the central French city of Lyon.