Jail term for former Tahiti GIP head Puputauki

1:16 pm on 14 October 2016

A French court has given the former head of French Polynesia's disbanded GIP militia an 18-month jail sentence for abuse of public funds.

Rere Puputauki and GIP members

Rere Puputauki and GIP members Photo: AFP

Rere Puputauki was given an additional 18-month suspended prison sentence for a range of breaches which date back to the GIP's business dealings last decade.

Puputauki has also been fined $US50,000.

Radio1 said he and three associates have been ordered to reimburse to the public purse a total of $US850,000.

Puputauki has several convictions related to his activities with the GIP.

He is also facing in charges of being part of a GIP trio which abducted a journalist Jean-Pascal Couraud in 1997 and dumped his body at sea.

The investigation in that case is about to enter its 13th year.

The GIP was formed as a militia-like unit by a former president Gaston Flosse and provided among other things shipping services but also accommodated an espionage unit, whose activities, although illegal, were tacitly tolerated by the French authorities.

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