22 Mar 2013

Tahiti's Flosse convicted for abusing public funds

1:31 pm on 22 March 2013

The court of appeal in Papeete has upheld the conviction of French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, for abusing public funds.

Flosse was found guilty last year of using the service of a cleaning lady while she was on the payroll of the territorial assembly.

The woman had told the court that she went to work at his residence during her breaks.

Flosse pointed out that the assembly has 200 staff.

He said he wonders if there are drivers who pick up the children of assembly members from school during working hours.

The case against Flosse was lodged two years ago - a day after he called a news conference to allege that two assembly members had abused public funds by attending the Pacific Islands Forum in New Zealand.