5 May 2010

Haddad allowed to return from Tahiti to France

9:51 pm on 5 May 2010

The judicial authorities in French Polynesia have decided that for health reasons a French advertising executive, Hubert Haddad, is allowed to return to France.

Mr Haddad is accused of paying nearly two million US dollars in kickbacks to the French Polynesian politician, Gaston Flosse, for getting public sector contracts.

As part of the investigation into the so-called OPT affair, he spent several months in jail in Tahiti where he was transferred after his arrest in France last May.

He is now allowed to fly back to Paris and is to report to police every two weeks.

A bid in March to return to France had been rejected.