26 Jan 2009

French magistates union speaks of possible contempt of court

3:09 pm on 26 January 2009

The French magistates union has expressed its indignation at the comments of a French Polynesian assembly member, Hiro Tefaarere.

Last week, he strongly criticised the judiciary in public after he had been questioned over the alleged abuse of public funds in his former role to assist the postal administration.

The judicial body has taken exception to his claim that judiciary was being instrumentalised with indisputable political aims and corrupted by Freemasons.

In a statement, carried by Tahitipresse, the union says while everybody has the right to defend themselves against accusations, there is no room for invectives.

It says this could lead to contempt charges.