13 Aug 2012

French Polynesia police accuse lawyers of slander over rape case complaints

7:33 am on 13 August 2012

The police union in French Polynesia has hit back at the lawyers of a French female customs official who lodged a rape complaint last month, saying their statements are slanderous.

This comes after the lawyers said police fetched their client in the middle of the night for three hours of questioning, exposed her to a body search while at the time denying her access to a lawyer.

The union rejects the comments, saying the officers adhered to proper procedures.

The woman reported that she was raped by male colleagues while on duty on a patrol vessel last April.

Eight customs officials were initially detained but while all have been freed, four of them have been charged with rape.