French Polynesia courts may re-open OPT affair

4:43 pm on 26 September 2019

Judicial authorities in French Polynesia have acceded to a request by the prosecution to reconsider revisiting the so-called OPT affair.

Gaston Flosse and Hubert Haddad

Gaston Flosse and Hubert Haddad Photo: AFP

The defence said the statute of limitations now applies but the authorities will decide by November whether to relaunch a trial.

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.

An order to repay OPT more than $US5 million had also been quashed in what had been the territory's largest corruption trial.

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