28 May 2010

French Polynesia's Fritch freed after two days of questioning in corruption probe

1:24 pm on 28 May 2010

French Polynesia's vice-president, Edouard Fritch, has been released after two days of police interrogation over an alleged corruption affair.

Mr Fritch has not been charged and resumed his duties as an assembly member immediately after being freed.

The probe is to determine whether in 2004 his Tahoeraa Huiraatira party paid any money to an assembly member, Noa Tetuanui, for him to support its motion of no confidence to oust the administration of Oscar Temaru.

According to a report in the Nouvelles de Tahiti earlier this month, Mr Tetuanui admitted that he received money from Gaston Flosse, who is Mr Fritch's father-in-law and party colleague.

But last October, Mr Flosse's party said it never paid any money to Mr Tetuanui for him to support the motion.

Both Mr Flosse and Mr Tetuanui had earlier been indicted in the affair.