8 Jul 2013

Tahiti call to thwart delays in Flosse trial

1:51 pm on 8 July 2013

French Polynesia's pro-independence opposition has reportedly asked the French justice minister to try to avert delays in an appeal court case involving the 82-year-old president Gaston Flosse.

A Tahiti newspaper says the Union For Democracy has written to Christiane Taubira, asking her to ensure no attempts are being made to delay the corruption case, which has now been before France's highest court since February.

The appeal allowed Mr Flosse to stand in the May election, but he will have to quit his political office, should his challenge fail.

In February, he was given a four-month suspended jail sentence, a 170,000 US dollar fine and banned from public office for three years for running a network of so-called phantom jobs within the presidency in what has been the biggest case of its kind in French legal history.

The Union For Democracy says it doesn't want to interfere with the judiciary but ensure that the legal process is carried to its conclusion.