Tahiti's OPT case to be retested in July

5:18 am on 29 April 2019

A new date has been set in French Polynesia to hear whether to revive the OPT affair which centres on the territory's biggest case of corruption.

Judicial authorities said the matter would be raised on 9th July after it was deferred for a second time last week.

Gaston Flosse and Hubert Haddad

Gaston Flosse and Hubert Haddad Photo: AFP

In 2015, the case was thrown out on appeal 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 in Papeete had 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.

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