7 Jan 2010

OPT relocation case verdict due in two weeks

12:15 pm on 7 January 2010

A decision will be made in two weeks over a request by one of the lawyers of French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, to move the investigation into the so-called OPT affair away from Tahiti.

The request was lodged with France's highest court amid claims that the climate for the probe in Papeete was too passionate and therefore undermined the notion of fairness.

Mr Flosse is one of the key suspect in the OPT corruption affair which centres on claims that he and his political party received kickbacks over a decade from a French advertising company in return for granting it public sector contracts.

Despite professing his innocence, he was jailed for much of November and December as part of the investigation.

He admitted receiving some funds but says it wasn't for personal use but to pay alimony to former mistresses.