5 Jan 2009

Documents to be declassified connected to investigation into death of Tahiti journalist

6:31 am on 5 January 2009

The French defence minister, Herve Morin, has agreed to declassify 13 documents of the French secret service in line with a request of a judge in French Polynesia investigating the alleged 1997 murder of Tahiti journalist, Jean-Pascal Couraud.

The documents emerged as a result of a separate probe in France, known as the Clearstream affair, which has led to allegations that a former French president, Jacques Chirac, held a bank account in Japan for transfers from Tahiti.

This comes amid reports that French investigators looking into the journalist's disappearance had found a letter in the home of French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, three months ago, said to detail the abduction, the torturing and killing of the journalist.

Bit Mr Flosse says it's scandalous that the media continues to talk about a kidnapping and murder when nothing supports such an assumption.