Submitted by Bafoon
About three months ago we were warned of strange events about to happen in Tahiti:
From now on, you may want to keep an eye on Tahiti, where the shit will hit the fan during the next weeks on the political scene which will also have implications on the pearling scene. Yesterday, Gaston Tong Sang, ex President of FP, and long-time mayor of Bora Bora got arrested temporarily, then released... similar to what happened to Gaston Flosse a short time before.
Monsieur Flosse, a Senator in Paris, has immunity which quite likely will be lifted and many, many will plunge into the abyss, some of them well-known. This is just the tip of the iceberg that many claim goes back to Chirac and the disappearance of a journalist a few years ago who had gathered too much evidence of bribes, cheating and secret accounts at the highest level.
The lobby of those to be accused is very, very strong, and it seems this is now a power-play, either they can keep the lid on it or not. If not, there will be explosions, from Mururoa to the Elysee.
Well, predetonation has taken place, with a report from Radio New Zealand November 10th entitled Corruption probe lands French Polynesia’s Flosse in jail reporting as follows:
The French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, has been detained after being questioned by investigative judges in Papeete over his role in the OPT corruption affair. After being questioned for several hours, Mr. Flosse, who lost his parliamentary immunity as French senator last week, has been transferred to Tahiti’s Nuutania jail. This comes less than two months after he was charged with corruption amid claims that over more than a decade his party received regular and massive kickbacks from a French advertising executive, Hubert Haddad, who has been in the Nuutania jail since June.
Dozens of Mr. Flosse’s supporters accompanied him to the prison from the court building in Papeete, where hundreds of people had gathered in his support. Last month, he was convicted for misuse of public funds but was allowed to keep his political mandates because of an appeal to France’s highest court.
Mr. Flosse, who is 78, is also a member of the French Polynesian assembly and was the territory’s president for most of the past two decades.
For many, many years Tahiti and its main export (South Sea pearls) have been under growing clouds of suspicion for deceitful practices and administrative chicanery. Now that the facts are becoming public, this puts the pearl industry in an even worse situation than before. Dealer and consumer confidence have cratered in the product, and this might well augur the death knell of the French Polynesian industry.