13 Dec 2004

Judge in French Polynesia to hear evidence in case of journalist who disappeared

12:41 pm on 13 December 2004

The highly charged case involving the disappearance and alleged killing of an investigative journalist goes back before the court in French Polynesia tomorrow.

The case centres on a former member of the GIP presidential intelligence service and his claim that the group, which reports to the territory's president, abducted and killed Jean-Pascal Couraud seven years ago.

The former GIP member, Vetea Guilloux, is to appear before a judge in Papeete for a closed-door hearing.

Mr Guilloux's lawyer, Stanley Cross, says the judge will want to clarify several issues .

"He wants to know exactly what Vetea Guilloux said and if they don't change their declarations. He'll want to know if that that you said, that you have said the first time to the gendarmes, and after that they will make some investigations about the two persons who killed the journalist."

Sources say the hearing is not expected to lead in the short term to a reopening of the case.