Court case of self-appointed French Polynesian King is deferred

3:49 pm on 12 August 2017

The court of appeal in French Polynesia has deferred the case of the self-styled king of the Pakumotu republic until March.

French Polynesia's court building

French Polynesia's court building Photo: RNZI

Athanase Teiri had been convicted in the criminal court of circulating a fake currency and of intimidation.

He and his backers distributed the so-called patu as part of his claim that it would be replacing the French Pacific franc.

Earlier this year, the criminal court also sentenced two men working as his guards to two years in prison for threatening police with firearms when they tried to prevent the arrest of Athanase Teiri.

They have all been given jail sentences which they are appealing.

The Pakumotu group has been defying the French state for years by purporting to have its own government.

Radio1 in Tahiti reports that in the group is banned from demonstrating but has been defying the order.

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