1 May 2015

Tahiti phantom job civil trial deferred

12:44 pm on 1 May 2015

French Polynesia's appeal court has deferred the civil case to compensate the public purse for the expenses incurred by phantom jobs, under the former president Gaston Flosse.

Eighteen people, including current politicians and unionists, are jointly accused of illegally receiving payments as far back as the 1990s estimated to total millions of dollars.

However, the case has been deferred until 18 June because the current administration has not filed an up-to-date claim.

Two years ago, Flosse was convicted on criminal charges for running a vast network of phantom jobs to support his political party in what has been the biggest case of its kind in French legal history.

He was sentenced to a four-year suspended jail term, a US$170,000 fine and banned from public office for four years.

The sentence became effective in September when Flosse failed to secure a presidential pardon.

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