22 Mar 2007

Memorial site of missing French Polynesian journalist vandalised

7:01 pm on 22 March 2007

The memorial site of a French Polynesian journalist missing in Tahiti for nearly ten years, Jean-Pascal Couraud, has been vandalised, with flower vases smashed and empty alcohol bottles put there in place.

The discovery was made by his mother who went to tend the site in a small Tahiti graveyard.

His family accused the GIP intervention force of kidnapping and drowning him after a former GIP spy implicated his colleagues in the disapperance.

The police inquiry is in its third year but the Couraud family says the probe is being sabotaged from within the judiciary.

The journalist's brother, Philippe Couraud, doubts that the desecration was a prank.

"I think more it is directly connected to the affair, I don't think it was small kids."

Philippe Couraud says the family hasn't decided yet whether to lodge a formal complaint.