Quebec billionaire and Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté has been detained for growing cannabis on his non-public island in French Polynesia.
Prosecutors in Papeete, the capital metropolis, confirmed to Agence France-Presse that Laliberté is in custody in Tahiti.
Laliberté is predicted to seem Wednesday earlier than a choose who will decide whether or not the medication had been being trafficked. It is unclear whether or not Laliberté has been charged.
In French Polynesia, it’s unlawful to develop, eat or visitors cannabis, in line with a spokesperson for the Gendarmerie de Polynésie française, the nationwide police power.
A few weeks in the past, native authorities intercepted somebody near Laliberté for the possession of cannabis and located footage of plantations on his cell phone.
Laliberté’s firm, Lune Rouge, issued a press release on his behalf, saying he makes use of marijuana for medical causes, and grows and consumes the cannabis on his non-public island for his personal private use.
Laliberté “categorically denies and dissociates himself completely from any rumours implicating him in the sale or the traffic of controlled substances,” the assertion mentioned.
The Canadian authorities’s journey web site states that in French Polynesia, “penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.”
Laliberté co-founded Cirque du Soleil, a global circus firm, in 1984.
The Montreal-based firm offered a majority stake to an funding group led by international funding agency TPG in 2015, however Laliberté maintained a stake in the enterprise, and continues to supply strategic and artistic enter.