26 Jan 2012

French Polynesia court adjourns Flosse case

6:50 am on 26 January 2012

The criminal court in Papeete has again deferred a corruption case brought against French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse.

The case was originally to be heard last September but has now been deferred until March the 27th.

Flosse 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 last year her lawyer was quoted as saying she volunteered to clean the politician's residence outside her working hours.

The case was lodged in court a day after Mr Flosse called a news conference to allege that two assembly members had abused public funds by attending the Pacific Islands Forum in New Zealand.