Tahiti assembly offices searched

11:59 am on 11 March 2016

Police investigators in French Polynesia have searched offices of the territorial assembly in a probe into alleged phantom jobs.

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This follows scrutiny of budget allocations last year which suggested that the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party had employed four staff in an irregular fashion.

The budget allocation for their salaries is estimated to be about $US400,000.

The office of the assembly president, who is a senior Tahoeraa member, has issued a statement, expressing surprise that media representatives were advised of the search in advance and that journalists were at the assembly offices even before investigators swooped.

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