12 Mar 2008

Flosse called as witness in French Polynesian GIP fraud probe

3:23 pm on 12 March 2008

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has been questioned for two hours in a judicial inquiry over the running of the now disbanded GIP intervention force.

He was called as a witness into the probe to examine alleged financial abuse, theft and fraud within and by the intervention force which was set up by Mr Flosse and under his control.

The case follows an audit of the GIP in 2005 made at the behest of the government led by Oscar Temaru.

Mr Flosse, who with the support of Mr Temaru became president again last month, is back for questioning later this week in another GIP-related probe as well over the his tenure as president in the 1990's.

He is also due back for questioning next week in connection with a fraud probe into an atoll purchase that also involves the vice president, Edouard Fritch, and the opposition leader, Gaston Tong Sang.