15 Dec 2014

Flosse banned from Tahiti assembly

7:20 am on 15 December 2014

French Polynesia's disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, has been banned from entering the premises of the territorial assembly after being charged with accepting stolen public property.

The investigative judge imposed the condition when he released Flosse from his one-day detention.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"Flosse's partner Pascale Haiti has been charged with taking US$70,000 worth of china and silverware from the presidential palace to their home when he lost office in September because of a corruption conviction. The two risk a sentence of seven years in prison and a US$130,000 fine for taking public property, but their lawyer says the charges are ludicrous because Flosse paid for the dinner sets himself. A week ago, Flosse claimed he was unduly pursued, citing a probe into claims that he is unlawfully employed by his own party as an assembly advisor. After the latest charges he cannot return to his office, which he says he furnished with his own money and where he worked for free."