29 Sep 2009

Guilloux's Paris appeal case deferred until January

1:23 pm on 29 September 2009

The French judicial authorities say the second appeal case of a former French Polynesian spy against his slander conviction has been again deferred.

The Depeche de Tahiti newspaper says the case was deferred last April to this month but has been put off until January.

The former spy, Vetea Guilloux, was convicted five years ago for alleging that fellow spies working for the then president, Gaston Flosse, abducted and drowned a journalist, Jean-Pascal Couraud, off Tahiti in 1997.

The highest criminal court in France overturned his one-year jail sentence given in Tahiti, saying it was in excess of what the penal code allowed.

Guilloux's lawyer then succeeded to arrange the retrial in Paris.

No body has ever been found and a murder investigation is still open which, according to the newspaper, needs to be concluded for the trial to proceed .