Appeal after French Polynesian doctor freed from custody

1:52 pm on 3 May 2019

The prosecution in French Polynesia has appealed the decision to free the former president of French Polynesia's Council of Physicians who was charged with sexual assault last week.

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Gilles Soubiran, who has been accused of assaulting minors under the age of 15, was freed at the weekend.

However according to Tahiti-infos, the prosecutor wants him to be kept in detention while investigations continue.

Dr Soubiran, who is in his late 60s, is restricted in his movement and has to wear an electronic bracelet.

While he is allowed to keep working as a doctor, he is banned from treating minors.

The Council of Physicians met this week and after accepting his resignation, it has chosen Raymond Bagnis as his successor.

In a statement, the Council said in defence of professional values, any doctor undermining the honour and probity of the profession must be sanctioned.

Earlier it said that unless proven guilty, the accused is presumed innocent.