7 Nov 2012

French HC official questioned in Tahiti corruption probe

2:33 pm on 7 November 2012

Public radio in French Polynesia reports that investigators have detained for questioning an official of the French High Commission in a widening corruption probe.

The move is linked to last week's jailing of three suspects, including a top unionist, Cyril Legayic, and a leading New Caledonia-based businessman, Bill Ravel.

The three are in preventive detention in Tahiti's Nuutania prison amid reports that more people, including a politician and two local businessmen, face scrutiny.

The radio says the prosecution has denied claims that a magistrate is implicated.

The President, Oscar Temaru, has issued a statement, saying he has no role in the affair.