10 Nov 2009

Without immunity, Flosse faces investigators in French Polynesia

4:03 pm on 10 November 2009

The French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, is being questioned by investigative judges in Papeete over his role in the OPT corruption affair.

Hundreds of people, including politicians from rival parties, have been at the court building today where Mr Flosse and his lawyers reported for questioning.

This comes a week after the French senate lifted his parliamentary immunity, which would allow investigators to detain him, should they deem it necessary in order to get to the bottom of their probe.

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.