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New Caledonia police detain 11 people over alleged involvement in violent protests

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Police in New Caledonia arrested 11 folks on Wednesday, together with independence chief Christian Tein, for alleged organized crime offenses and involvement within the violent protests which have taken place within the nation since Might 13, based on an interview with prosecutor Yves Dupas. The detainees had been positioned beneath police custody for as much as 96 hours.

The French prosecutor acknowledged that the arrests had been a part of a broader investigation that began on Might 17 by Nouméa’s prosecution service. The prison accusations embody affiliation to arrange a criminal offense or an offense, armed theft and arranged gang theft, destruction of property by arson in an organized gang, and complicity by instigation within the crimes of homicide and tried homicide of an individual holding public authority.

The police roundup started early on Wednesday morning with home arrests. Yves Dupas specified that later that day, Christian Tein voluntarily contacted authorities and advised them that he needed to seem earlier than investigators concerning the accusations introduced in opposition to him. Christian Tein is a New Caledonian pro-independence chief and foremost spokesperson of the CCAT (Discipline Motion Coordinating Cell), he was the one detainee named by the prosecutor within the interview. The detained activist has more and more mobilized over the previous months, alongside different activists, in opposition to a proposed electoral reform initiated by France. The prosecutor added that two different accused people voluntarily introduced themselves to the police.

Dupas made it clear that the home arrests carried out by the police occurred with none incident or problem. He added that the police additionally carried out searches within the headquarters of the CCAT however not within the headquarters of the Caledonian Union (Union Calédonienne, UC), because the latter was not focused by the investigation.

The UC is a pro-independence in New Caledonia and the oldest political get together within the collectivity. The CCAT is a pro-independence activist group created in November final 12 months to lift consciousness of and contest the controversial reform, a constitutional amendment proposed by the French Nationwide Meeting.

The proposed modification is the reason for the unrest within the Pacific archipelago as a result of it could enfranchise French residents who’ve lived within the collective for ten years. That is contested by indigenous Kanaks who worry that the modification would marginalize them and dilute their vote.

Prosecutor Dupas asserted that following the arrests, the prosecution will open a preliminary investigation which is able to ultimately result in the opening of a judicial investigation.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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