23 Jan 2006

Suspended French judge said to have damaged image of French Polynesian judiciary

2:11 pm on 23 January 2006

More details have been published in French Polynesia about the top French judge who has been suspended from his duties.

The Nouvelles de Tahiti newspaper says Jean-Bernard Taliercio was found to have intervened in ways which were completely outside accepted procedures.

The judicial service commission found in its suspension notice that the judge had shown several shortcomings in terms of independence, impartiality and prudence of a magistrate.

It says this has had a lasting effect on the image and prestige of the French Polynesian judiciary.

The commission found that the judge had attained such local notoriety that he no longer enjoyed the authority or the credibility needed to exercise his functions as a judge.

Mr Taliercio, who claims to be the victim of a plot, is to appear before the commission whose decision won't be open to any appeal.