20 Jan 2015

Restrictions eased for Tahiti theft suspects

4:35 pm on 20 January 2015

French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says some restrictions have been lifted on its leaders imposed last month as part of a probe into the alleged theft of china from the presidency.

Gaston Flosse

Gaston Flosse Photo: AFP

It says the investigative judge has lifted the ban on the party leader, Gaston Flosse, to meet either the president, Edouard Fritch, or the president of the territorial assembly, Marcel Tuihani.

Flosse was no longer allowed to meet them after he was charged with abusing public goods by having 70,000 US dollars worth of china from the palace delivered to his private residence and an office he set up at the assembly.

The alleged theft happened after he lost office because of a corruption conviction.

Mr Tuihani has also been charged with receiving stolen property.

Flosse has been banned from the assembly premises where Mr Tuihani had given him an office to work as a party advisor.

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