8 Sep 2010

Jail sentence for French Polynesia's Puputauki Junior

11:29 am on 8 September 2010

The criminal court in French Polynesia has jailed for three years the former head of the youth section of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, who had been found guilty of fraud.

Leonard Puputauki Junior, who is the son of the former GIP militia boss, had already been in court in April when the prosecutor asked for his jailing for misspending just under 800,000 US dollars of public funds.

In 2006 and 2007, Puputauki Junior was found to have spent money which was to go to youth associations running programmes for underprivileged children.

According to the Nouvelles de Tahiti newspaper, he had told the court that he wanted to live in style and spent the funds on paintings, sculptures and first-class trips to Paris and Las Vegas.