16 Apr 2010

72-year-old hoax caller in French Polynesia gets suspended jail sentence

10:52 am on 16 April 2010

A man in French Polynesia has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence for making a hoax call to the assembly earlier this week.

Local radio says the 72-year-old man called to say there was a bomb because he was exasperated with how the territory is being run.

He was arrested yesterday after police tracked his call to a phone box.

He is said to have used a pre-paid phone card which allowed the investigators to collate all calls made with it and arrest him.

The call was placed after a tumultuous week at the assembly which saw the opposition win the assembly presidency after the ruling coalition refused to back its own candidate.