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  Christian Tein, head of the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT), during the organization's first general assembly held in Bourail, New Caledonia, on June 14, 2024.

At the tip of the hall with the intense yellow wall, behind the final door of the isolation wing of the Mulhouse-Lutterbach penitentiary middle (Haut-Rhin), Christian Tein's cell is quantity 12. Quiet. Away from a prisoner affected by psychiatric problems, the jail administration specifies.

The head of the Field Action Coordination Unit (CCAT) arrived in France on June 24, in pretrial detention, like six different Kanak separatists. All are below investigation in an organized crime process for having deliberate the violent riots beginning on May 13 in New Caledonia, which have left 9 useless so far. Imprisoned with out cash or a suitcase, Christian Tein obtained emergency help of 30 euros. He was solely in a position to converse briefly as soon as to his lawyer in Noumea. On Wednesday July 3, the latter was to plead with out illusions towards the removing determined by the courts.

The world was in a position to go to Christian Tein on Monday 1er July, as approved by legislation as a part of an impromptu go to by parliamentarians, with the Green senators Jacques Fernique (Bas-Rhin) and Anne Souyris (Paris). Two different Green senators – Thomas Dossus and Raymonde Poncet Monge, elected representatives from the Rhône – visited, on the identical day, two pro-independence figures, additionally imprisoned: Brenda Wanabo, head of communications for the CCAT and host of the Kanak radio station Djiido, on the girls's remand middle in Dijon; and Frédérique Muliava, chief of workers to the president of the Congress of New Caledonia, within the Riom (Puy-de-Dôme) middle.

“A political prisoner”

A number of garments on the shelf close to the door. Cans of skimmed milk, bottles of mineral water and an industrial Breton cake within the kitchenette nook. A Bible that the chaplain introduced him that very day, and the Diary of a Lost Love (A vue d'œil, 2019), by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, taken from the jail library… Christian Tein, a really delicate prisoner, appears to have allowed himself to be satisfied that the solitary confinement measure, a choice of the jail administration, was higher than cohabitation within the overcrowded remand middle.

“I was told that the cells, three of them, were overloaded. I need to settle down. And there needs to be a bit of calm on both sides. It's all over-publicized.”defined the fifty-year-old throughout a dialogue attended by Laure Haccoun, the deputy director of this model new penitentiary middle. “Isolation is primarily intended to preserve people's safety” arrivals, justifies the latter.

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