7 Nov 2012

Jail term requested in Flosse's Tahiti phantom job appeal trial

11:36 am on 7 November 2012

The prosecution in French Polynesia's appeal court case over the so-called phantom jobs has demanded that a former president Gaston Flosse be given a four-year jail sentence, two of which as a suspended sentence.

This is a slightly milder sentence than the one he was given in the original trial last year when he was convicted to four years in prison.

The request was made as the trial is in its second week, dealing with more than 40 defendants accused of being part of an illicitly funded system to advance the policies of his Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party dating back to the 1990s.

The prosecution still wants Gaston Flosse to be fined 110,000 US dollars.

However, the prosecution has proposed that the mayor of Papeete, Michel Buillard, be acquitted.

He was one of many leading politicians and unionists convicted over the affair, which is the largest of its kind in French legal history.

The defence has dismissed the accusations, saying all the contracts signed with the French Polynesian presidency were approved by successive French high commissioners.