10 customs officials sentenced in Tahiti

7:39 pm on 8 September 2017

Ten customs officials in French Polynesia have been given suspended jail sentences of up to three years for corruption.

They were found to have turned a blind eye to some imports such as car parts and in return got discounted car repairs.


Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel

The court has banned from working as customs officials and fined them more than $US5000.

The defence says the verdict will be appealed in France's highest court, which means the sentence is suspended.

Three years ago, the garage owner had been given a seven-year jail term for smuggling drugs inside car parts into the territory.

The customs officials said they were unaware of the drug trafficking.

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