Username Password
PINA
French Polynesia's pro-independence leader Temaru to stand trial in June
7:38 pm GMT+12, 19/12/2018, French Polynesia

French Polynesia's pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru is to stand trial in the criminal court in June for allegedly misusing public funds.
 
Radio 1 reports thatTemaru has told party leaders that he has been summoned to appear on 18 June.
 
Temaru, who is the mayor of Faaa, and two other defendants, Heinui Lecaill and Vito Maamaatuaiahutapu, are alleged to have misspent money of the association running a local radio station Radio Tefana.
 
The accusations stem from a public accounts audit of 2009 questioning allocations given to Radio Tefana, which is a station asserting sovereignty rights and denouncing nuclear weapons tests.
 
Last month, the three were detained for 12 hours as part of the investigation, which prompted an outcry from the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party.
 
It accused France of scheming to politically assassinate Temaru for referring French presidents to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity over France's nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific.
 
However, both the French High Commissioner and the public prosecutor firmly rejected the Tavini claim that there was a plot to sideline Temaru.
 
In October, a French court declared him ineligible for a year for campaign spending irregularities, thereby forcing him out of the territorial assembly after more than three decades.
 
The Tavini campaigned in the May territorial election on the issue of probity as the ruling Tapura Huiraatira fielded many candidates with corruption convictions, including the president Edouard Fritch and the assembly president Gaston Tong Sang.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS


News feature
There are no related media to this article.
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
Membership
Member Countries
Media Freedom
Training
PINA Convention
Awards
Contact
Gallery
Forum
Events
Jobs
Classifieds
PACNEWS
Home
Regional
Feature
Business
Sports
Archives
Partners
Communications Initiative
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
UNDP PC
AusAID
NZAID
SPREP
ONOC
UNAIDS
Media Helping Media
Partners
PIFS
SPC
IFEX
UNESCO
AIBD
GFMD
SEAPA
WPFC
IFJ