MARIGOT–President Daniel Gibbs and his two vice-presidents Valérie Damaseau and Annick Pétrus have been summoned to appear before the criminal court on Thursday, December 19, following their detention on October 10 and 11, according to Le Pélican newspaper.
The Prosecutor decided to prosecute them for violations of public procurement rules in a total of seven cases. Other cases are pending.
All three are suspected of favouritism and misappropriation of public funds for Gibbs. Following the release of Gibbs and the two Vice-Presidents, the Collectivité at the time issued this statement:
“The Collectivité was obligated to tend to multiple emergencies while its administration centre was itself completely devastated. This was a period that lasted several months during which numerous actions were carried out to respond to the immediate urgency of the territory and of its inhabitants.
“Considering the unprecedented and degraded circumstances, the risk of administrative errors made in the chain of execution is therefore plausible. The auditioned elected representatives provided, with complete transparency and good faith, all the administrative documents and information requested by the judicial authority.”