HEAD OF MYSTERIOUS TAHITI AGENCY ARRESTED

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‘Intervention group’ served former president Flosse

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Oct. 20, 2009) - The former head of the disbanded GIP (Groupement d΄Intervention de la Polynésie) intervention force, Léonard "Rere" Puputauki, is being held in custody.

A Police squad coming from Paris and specialized in financial cases closely looks at how the GIP was run.

DNIF (Division Nationale des Investigations Financières) Police officers arrived last week in Tahiti.

The day after their arrival, they searched the former GIP offices in Papeéte and now the former head of this intervention force, Léonard Puputauki, is held in custody.

This force was created at the end of the 1990’s by French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse. Its original mission was to help population hit by natural disasters.

But controversial security missions were also eventually carried out by GIP members before the intervention force was finally disbanded.

GIP members were also responsible for roadblocks against the Temaru government in the 2005 to 2006 period.

The French Police squad is also reportedly working on another case in which some outer islands Assembly members may be involved.

This other Police probe is about the way the FDA, a Fund aiming at developing outer islands has been run over the last years.

Key political figures from the Tuamotu Archipelago, such as Assembly Member Michel Yip, could reportedly face charges.

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