14 Sep 2011

Flosse public funds abuse case in French Polynesia deferred

3:34 pm on 14 September 2011

The criminal court in Papeete has deferred a corruption case brought against French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, until January the 24th.

Tahitipresse reports he is accused of abusing public funds in 2009 when he used the service of a cleaning lady while she was on the payroll of the territorial assembly.

The woman, Tamara Tsing Ting, has also been charged over the matter, but her lawyer has been quoted as saying she volunteered to clean the politician's residence outside her working hours.

This comes a day after Mr Flosse called a news conference to allege that two assembly members had abused public funds by attending last week's Pacific Islands Forum.

His party alleged that they failed to represent the territory's interest and instead pursued an ideological stance by being in favour of French Polynesia being reinscribed on the UN decolonisation list.