French Polynesia's biggest ever trial is nearing its end with the prosecution seeking a three-year jail term for the veteran politician Gaston Flosse who is alleged to have run a vast network of supporters with so-called phantom jobs.
They had contracts with the presidency, allegedly to advance the policies of then ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party.
Walter Zweifel reports.
"The prosecution has demanded suspended jail sentences for the top beneficiaries while demanding that all the 29 million US dollars diverted from the public purse be repaid. A total of 87 people are being tried for the abuse of public funds, among them top politicians, former and current mayors, unionists, journalists and sports administrators. They are alleged to have had contracts with the presidency to advance the policies of then ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party. The defence has told the court that there was nothing untoward in any of the contracts because they were all approved by successive French high commissioners."