21 May 2010

French Polynesia's Flosse indicted for spying on Temaru

11:32 am on 21 May 2010

French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, has been indicted for complicity into prying into another person's private life in a case relating to the intelligence service he used to run when he was the territory's president.

Mr Flosse and a former senior staff member, Jean Prunet, have been questioned and charged for their role in spying on the pro-independence leader, Oscar Temaru.

The action against the former leader follows a complaint laid by Mr Temaru in 2005 after he objected to be under surveillance.

Mr Flosse's secret service was run by former French agents and although their activities were illegal, they were tolerated by the French authorities.

Two weeks ago, a criminal court in Tahiti sentenced him to a 16,000 US dollar fine for obstructing the examination of the defunct intelligence unit, whose records have since all vanished.