6 Oct 2009

French Polynesia police charge Haiti with destruction of evidence

6:46 am on 6 October 2009

Police in French Polynesia have charged a former minister, Pascale Haiti, with destruction of evidence in connection with the OPT corruption probe.

Ms Haiti, who is the partner of the veteran politician Gaston Flosse, was today flown back to Tahiti where she was questioned and charged before being released.

She had been detained in Paris ten days ago.

Flosse had returned to Tahiti last week when he was charged with corruption.

Ms Haiti's detention had prompted many French Polynesian assembly members to write to the French president Nicolas Sarkozy asking him to engage himself so that the women held as part of the investigation keep their honour and integrity.

In the letter, they said Mr Sarkozy also helped win the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt, the French-Colombian politician who had been held by rebels for six years.