Tahiti

Identities revealed in Tahiti child sex abuse case

The four were last week convicted for sexual abuse of minors and given jail terms of up to 30 months, with up to 18 months suspended.

Tahiti-infos reported that among the four, who are between 54 and 74 years old, is the former director of French Polynesia's Youth and Sports Institute, Antonio Arai.

A businessman, Leo Le Prado, who is a repeat offender, has been given a 30-month sentence, of which 18 are suspended.

Their contact was with girls all under the age of 15, with the youngest a homeless 12-year-old who lived with her boyfriend on the beach.

Call for more Oceania teams at the Beach Soccer World Cup

Tahiti pipped Solomon Islands 4-3 in the final of the OFC Beach Soccer Cup last weekend to qualify for the World Cup in Paraguay later this year.

The Tiki Toa had not won a regional title since 2011, although they were absent when the event was last held six years ago.

Head coach Naea Bennett says the triumph in Papeete meant a lot to the Tahiti team.

"It was very important to us because since 2011 we didn't participate in this competition so it was very good for us to be back again in the competition and to win it at home we are very happy," Naea Bennet said.

Tahiti court throws out ten nuclear claims

The ruling is in line with last month's expert advice, which took into account a law change that reintroduced a minimum figure of radiation exposure.

Earlier this year, the expert advice was to compensate the claimants.

The law change was inserted into the Finance Act in December reportedly to comply with the Public Health Act.

The veterans groups have been dismayed at the law change, saying now no more applications are likely to succeed.

Another self-styled kingdom emerges in Tahiti

The group calling itself the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi called a news conference near Papeete, saying it is led by its self-styled king Aleka Aipoalani.

It claims to have worked on its new government for three years, it has its own flag and purports to have its own money.

Tahiti concerned about Pacific Games accommodation

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed in November between the Samoa Government and accommodation providers in Upolu and Savai'i.

But the majority of athletes will now base themselves at the Methodist Church of Samoa's Faleula compound for the July Games after officials were only able to convince 30 hotels to come on board, which will only cater for one quarter of the 4000 beds required.

The Vice President of Tahiti's Olympic Committee, Charles Villierme, said they have concerns the facilities will not enable athletes to perform to their best.

Five more charged over French Polynesia ice production

Last week, the two main suspects were charged and remanded after a raid on a house on Tahiti's peninsula where they had set up a lab to produce the banned drug.

The five were allegedly also involved in the operation by buying medicines at pharmacies to make methamphetamine.

They were reportedly given some of the drug in return.

The couple at the centre of the operation are in their mid-30s.

If convicted, they could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

 

     

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.