17 Jul 2009

Investigators check bank account of French Polynesia's Flosse

11:36 am on 17 July 2009

Reports from French Polynesia say investigators have sought access to the bank accounts of the veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, as the probe into the so-called OPT affair continues.

The Nouvelles de Tahiti says the investigators went through his records at the Papeete branch of the Banque de Tahiti.

No further details are given but Mr Flosse is alleged to be implicated in the misuse of 10 million dollars of OPT funds.

This comes as the French senate president has announced that a meeting will be held next week to consider a request by the justice minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, to list Mr Flosse's immunity as senator.

This would allow the investigators to question Mr Flosse about the affair.