Tahiti bid to move French military removal case

4:25 pm on 20 October 2016

A bid has been made in French Polynesia's criminal court to move a case of alleged fraud by removal companies to France.

At stake is an apparent scheme that involved overcharging the French defence ministry for moving the possessions of military personnel posted overseas.

This comes two months after New Caledonia's criminal court declared itself unable to judge a similar case, with the matter being transferred to France.

In New Caledonia, the charges relate to the moving expenses claimed by about 600 military staff in 2011 and 2012.

While eight companies had been charged, their lawyers denounced the procedure, saying none of the military personnel involved had been summoned.

The allegations have been that the bills for the removal costs of French police and military personnel were frequently inflated.

In return, it is claimed, the companies offered the military personnel rental cars, tablet computers and railway tickets.

A probe into the removals was launched following a complaint by one removal company which went out of business while refusing to strike such deals.

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