5 Oct 2012

Five-year jail term sought for Tahiti's Flosse in OPT trial

4:54 am on 5 October 2012

The prosecutor in French Polynesia's OPT corruption case has demanded that a former president, Gaston Flosse, be jailed for five years.

The prosecutor also wants a French advertising executive Hubert Haddad jailed and both to be fined 100,000 US dollars each.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The request was lodged in Tahiti's criminal court over allegedly corrupt deals with Mr Haddad dating back to the days of the Flosse presidency. Mr Haddad is accused of having paid about two million US dollars in kickbacks in cash to get contracts from the OPT telecommunications company. There is no trace of the funds in the books of Flosse's political party. Flosse has said that in his political endeavours he has never made a distinction between his personal money and funds used to do his political work. A year ago, Flosse was given a four-year jail sentence in another corruption case, but the sentence has been appealed."