13 Oct 2011

Paris verdict in Flosse retrial due next month

4:07 pm on 13 October 2011

The appeal court in Paris has again heard a corruption case against French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, which could see him disqualified from public office for a year.

The re-trial in France was closed to the media but the court says the verdict on his eligibility for office will be released on November the 23rd.

Flosse had been convicted to a suspended one-year jail sentence for misusing public funds following the 2004 general election night when he arranged for a large reception for his party at the presidential palace.

However, after his surprise election defeat, he wanted the new government to pay the bill but it refused, so once he had regained power, he settled the account with public funds.

The retrial in Paris came after the constitutional court last June voided a clause that automatically renders corruption convicts ineligible for public office for five years.

In his first appeal court case three years ago, Flosse lost which prompted him to take it to the highest court while challenging the constitutionality of the sentence.