Language glitch imperils Tahiti cocaine trial

Media reports say upon arrest last year the three men - two Dutchmen and a Pole - were not given advice on how to challenge the search of their yacht in their native languages.

The lawyers say failing to have done so nullifies the case.

However, according to Radio1 the prosecution claimed that customs staff could search any docked vessel and any challenge could only be filed within 72 hours.

A decision is expected in three weeks.

The three suspects claimed they didn't know about the cocaine on their yacht when they were caught in the Marquesas Islands.

Former Futsal Tahiti head arrested in meth sting

La Depeche reported that 19 people have been charged and nine of them have been placed in remand as part of the investigation.

Police carried out a raid on a Papeete hotel in mid-August and seized cash worth almost half a million US dollars as well as firearms.

Investigators say they had been working on the case since the beginning of the year.

La Depeche said in another methamphetamine case being investigated, 21 people have been charged and eight of them are under arrest.


Couple arrested in Tahiti for meth smuggling

Tahiti Nui TV said the woman had about 200 grams of the banned drug on her when she was detained at Tahiti airport after a flight from Los Angeles.

The man travelling with her had also been taken into custody.

The report said the couple planned to sell the drug, expecting to earn about $US200,000.



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Pacific Games Council lifts suspension on Tahiti

Athletes from the French territory will be free to participate at next year's Pacific Games in Samoa provided an agreement for the selection of its rugby and boxing athletes is honoured.

Tahiti was suspended by the Council's General Assembly in December due to "political interference".

It followed the French Polynesian Government's decision to boycott the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu because of a dispute over which boxers and rugby sevens athletes should represent Tahiti.

Huge tax fraud case opens in Tahiti court

The case revolves around the alleged abuse of a tax refund law which was meant to boost investment from France in its overseas territories.

13 people are due to appear in the criminal court in Papeete, accused of lodging false invoices to reclaim more than $US20 million from the state.

Among those charged is a former minister Clarenntz Vernaudon, who two months ago received a suspended jail sentence for abusing public funds.

Self-styled 'king' sentenced to a year in Tahiti prison

The Pakamotu group had been defying the French state for years by purporting to have its own government.

Last year, Athanase Teiri was convicted in the criminal court and given a nine-month jail term for circulating a fake currency and for intimidation.

On appeal, the sentence was increased by three months to a year.

He and his backers distributed the so-called patu as part of his claim that it would be replacing the French Pacific franc.

Hundreds march in Tahiti against building of floating islands

The march by residents of Mataiea was held despite a statement by the government of Edouard Fritch in February that its deal with the Americans had become void.

The demonstrators, who included local fishermen and families, are opposed to building the islands in the Atimaono lagoon, saying the area is their food source.

The government said its agreement with the Seasteading Institute was not a legal document and that it expired at the end of 2017.

It also said it hoped that this would end the debate about the floating islands.

Tahiti ukulele world record attempt fails

After weeks of campaigning and preparations, just over 6300 players gathered at a Papeete stadium for the performance.

This was short of the target of 10,000, and the record held by Hong Kong, where more than 8000 people took part.

Three years ago, 4750 participants jointly played at the ukulele festival in Tahiti to make it into Guinness Book of Records.

The song Te ra mai te tiare had been chosen for the latest challenge.



Tahiti keen on ukulele world record

Three years ago, 4750 participants jointly played at ukulele festival in Papeete to make it into Guinness Book of Records.

Being dethroned by 8000 players in Hong Kong, Tahiti now wants to bring together 10,000 ukulele players on 24 February.

The song Te ra mai te tiare has been chosen for the challenge, with Tahiti Nui TV broadcasting a tutorial to help with practice.

The event is being organised by a range of institutions.



Tahiti suspended from the Pacific Games Council

The suspension was unanimously agreed by the Pacific Games Council's General Assembly during a meeting in Port Vila yesterday.

In a statement, the Council said French Polynesia's government had interfered in the autonomy and independence of sporting associations, which culminated in its decision to boycott the 2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu.