Judicial authorities in French Polynesia have deferred until April a decision on whether to revive the OPT affair which centres on the territory's biggest case of corruption.
In 2014, the case was thrown out over a procedural error, quashing the five-year jail sentences given to a veteran politician Gaston Flosse and a French advertising executive Hubert Haddad.
The court had earlier convicted Flosse for taking more than $US2 million in kickbacks for granting public sector contracts to Mr Haddad over a 12-year period until the middle of the last decade.
Flosse had admitted disbursing the money for private expenses.
Defence lawyers have been trying to stop a retrial, saying the statute of limitations applied.
The prosecution has been seeking a retrial but at a court meeting in Papeete yesterday found that the documentation to proceed to a possible reopening of the case was incomplete.