17 Jan 2012

Lawyer doubts independence of French Polynesia judiciary

12:09 pm on 17 January 2012

A top lawyer in French Polynesia says unfortunately the territory's judiciary isn't independent.

Francois Quinquis, who for years has been acting for the veteran politician Gaston Flosse, made the comment in an interview with the Nouvelles de Tahiti.

He says this lack of independence is the result of living in what he describes as a microcosm, adding that in the past top politicians were tried outside French Polynesia.

Referring to Flosse, whose corruption convictions are all under appeal in France, Mr Quinquis says for seven years he has been remorselessly pursued.

But he says despite that, Flosse has retained his French senate seat and, politically, he will still be around in 2013.