24 Jun 2013

Former Tahiti minister in court over favouritism claim

1:41 pm on 24 June 2013

A former French Polynesian government minister, Temauri Foster, has been tried for favouritism in awarding a contract at a publicly owned OPT telecommunications company.

The alleged incident dates back to 2004 when Mr Foster was the chair of the OPT board, which is accused of ignoring the tendering process when a new computer system was bought.

The prosecution told the criminal court in Tahiti that Mr Foster should be given a one-year suspended jail sentence, be fined 20,000 US dollars and banned from public office for two years.

The defence has cast doubt on whether there has been a breach at all, saying his client has had an accomplished political career.

A ruling is expected on September the 24th.