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Christian Tein in Bourail, New Caledonia, June 14, 2024.

Christian Tein, head of the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT), a pro-independence collective mobilized in opposition to the plan to thaw the voters in New Caledonia, was notified by a choose of freedoms and detention in Nouméa, Saturday June 22, of his upcoming placement in pre-trial detention. This incarceration, determined after his indictment, will happen in a remand middle in France, in Mulhouse, in keeping with his lawyer, Pierre Ortent, to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Prosecutor Yves Dupas confirmed to AFP “assignments in mainland France”with out additional particulars.

On Wednesday, eleven individuals had been arrested and positioned in police custody as a part of an investigation aimed toward “the alleged sponsors of the abuses committed (…) from May 12, 2024” within the archipelago, Mr. Dupas had stated. The investigation targets specifically acts of felony affiliation, armed thefts by an organized gang, complicity by instigation of murders or tried murders of individuals holding public authority. These eleven individuals had been interviewed by the 2 investigating judges accountable for the investigation on Saturday, earlier than being heard by a choose of freedoms and detention.

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Created in November 2023 with the particular goal of organizing the protest in opposition to the mission to thaw the electoral physique for the provincial elections desired by Emmanuel Macron, the CCAT is a collective bringing collectively a wider vary of pro-independence actions than these current in throughout the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) – specifically the Caledonian Union (UC), the Palika (Kanak Liberation Party), the Oceanian Democratic Rally (RDO) and the Progressive Union in Melanesia (UPM). The collective, which has been described as“mafia organization” by the Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories, Gérald Darmanin, has at all times denied being on the origin of the unrest.

At the top of the cell, going through the media, Christian Tein, a fifty-year-old from the south of Grande Terre, is thought to everybody underneath the identify “Bichou”. This long-time activist of the UC is one among its executives, as political commissioner. Mr. Tein himself contacted the gendarmerie to be introduced earlier than the investigators “in order to explain the alleged facts”in keeping with a press release from Nouméa prosecutor, Yves Dupas, to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The identities of the eleven arrested are usually not all identified. Thomas Gruet, current on the Nouméa courthouse, confirmed to AFP that his consumer Brenda Wanabo, accountable for communications for the CCAT, was one among them. According to her statements to AFP, Brenda Wanabo should even be positioned in pre-trial detention in Dijon.

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