2 Jul 2009

French investigators raid Tahoeraa office in Papeete

12:54 pm on 2 July 2009

French security officials have raided the office of French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, reportedly as part of an investigation into alleged fraud.

Tahitipresse reports about 30 police officers dealing with financial matters sealed the premises in Papeete and prohibited those at the office to communicate with anybody outside.

The news agency says according to sources the search was related to the probe into irregularities of the state-owned OPT telecommunications company alleged to be in the range of 10 million US dollars.

The affair has led to the arrest in France of a company executive, Hubert Haddad, who is now held in a Tahiti prison.

Several other high profile suspects are also being held in jail.

The raid prompted the party to call off its scheduled meeting of its executive.