27 Nov 2008

Formal flaw kills French Polynesia racism court case

4:22 pm on 27 November 2008

A French Polynesian court has thrown out a case against two unionists who were accused of making allegedly anti-Asian remarks.

The Tahitipresse news agency says the case was dismissed because of a form error on the charge sheet given to the two defendants Cyril Legayic and Mahinui Temarii.

Last April, the two told the Nouvelles de Tahiti that being governed by an Asian is frightening.

The comment was made after Gaston Tong Sang, whose family arrived from China more than a century ago, was elected president for a second time.

The Human Rights League took the matter to court, saying the remarks provoked hatred and racial discrimination.

The League says it is now considering appealing the decision and may raise the matter with President Nicolas Sarkozy.