3 Aug 2012

Rape accused officials released in French Polynesia

6:43 am on 3 August 2012

Four French Polynesian customs officials have been released by police after being charged with raping a female colleague.

The four are part of a group of eight officials taken into custody two days ago over the alleged rape on board a patrol boat last April.

It is alleged that the four broke into her cabin, tied her up and raped her while on duty.

The four others have been accused of failing to assist a person at risk.

The woman in question is being described as a recent arrival from France and the first woman to work on the ship.

One of the lawyers acting for the accused, Stanley Cross, says it is a scandal that any credibility is being given to the woman who waited for two months to lodge her complaint.