Tahiti court acquits former education minister

11:22 am on 7 June 2017

A French Polynesian candidate in the French election Moana Greig has been cleared in an alleged embezzlement case.

Mr Greig was the education minister in 2010 when he approved the dispensation from teaching duties of the mayor of Ua Pou for three years while he kept being paid his teaching salary.

The mayor Joseph Kaiha was in return charged to carry out a education mission on his behalf.

French Polynesia's court building

French Polynesia's court building Photo: RNZI

Mr Kaiha failed to produce any evidence of his efforts when asked by audit staff to account for his work.

According to media reports, the court found there was inefficiency but no abuse of funds.

Mr Greig of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party is standing against Maina Sage of the Tapura Huiraatira party in the run-off vote for one of French Polynesia's three seats in the French National Assembly.

Ms Sage, who is the incumbent in the Paris seat, left the Tahoeraa last year when a party rift led to the foundation of the Tapura.