10 Nov 2009

French Polynesia's Flosse to appear before investigative judges

6:13 am on 10 November 2009

The French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, is today again to appear before investigative judges to answer questions emanating from the OPT corruption probe.

This comes a week after the French senate lifted his parliamentary immunity.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"Without his immunity, Mr Flosse risks being put into detention as the judges seek to get to the bottom of the OPT affair. In September, Mr Flosse was charged with corruption amid claims that his party received regular and massive kickbacks from a now detained French advertising executive, Hubert Haddad. Last week, the prosecutor in Papeete, Jose Thorel, told local radio that a reason to jail the senator now would be to prevent him applying pressure to witnesses or other suspects or destroying evidence."

Two suspects are in jail while several more have been released.