21 May 2012

French Polynesia's Flosse requests appeal in corruption case be moved

6:28 am on 21 May 2012

Reports from French Polynesia say the veteran politician Gaston Flosse has applied for his appeal court trial in a major corruption case to be moved away from Tahiti.

Flosse, who is also one the territory's two senators, was given a four-year jail sentence and fined 110,000 US dollars last year for running a network of phantom jobs to his party's benefit.

The trial last May was the biggest of its kind in French legal history, implicating a total of 87 people, including top politicians, former and current mayors, unionists, journalists and sports administrators.

According to the Nouvelles de Tahiti, Flosse has applied for the case to be moved away, claiming he won't get a fair hearing in Tahiti.

Three weeks ago, he also sought the relocation of another case, which alleges that he received nearly two million US dollars in kickbacks from a French advertising executive, Hubert Haddad, for granting him public sector contracts.