14 Dec 2009

Gaston Flosse again questioned in French Polynesia over OPT affair

9:44 am on 14 December 2009

Investigative judges in French Polynesia have again questioned the jailed veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, over his role in the OPT corruption affair.

He was for the first time confronted with a former chairman of the OPT board and Air Tahiti Nui boss, Geffrey Salmon, whose lawyers deny allegations that there was a so-called pact of corruption.

Mr Salmon had been jailed for nearly seven months until mid-November as part of the OPT probe which centres on claims that Mr Flosse received kickbacks from a French advertising executive for granting public sector contracts.

Mr Flosse was taken into preventive detention last month after he lost his parliamentary immunity as French senator.

He was freed for a week in early December when his party proposed him for a top ministerial position despite a judicial ban for him to meet any of his associates.