France: Abducted New Caledonia independence activists transferred to colonizers’ territory

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Seven independence activists linked to a group accused of orchestrating deadly riots last month in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia have been sent to mainland France for pre-trial detention, a local prosecutor said Sunday. ‘This transfer was organised during the night by means of a plane specially chartered for the mission,’ Yves Dupas, the public prosecutor in the territory’s capital Noumea, said in a statement. The seven were sent to mainland France, he added, ‘due to the sensitivity of the procedure and in order to allow the investigations to continue in a calm manner, free of any pressure.’ Among the seven detainees was Christian Tein, head of the pro-independence group CCAT, who was charged Saturday over the recent violence in which nine people died, including two police.” (06/23/24)