4 Nov 2020

New Caledonia court again defers Temaru case

1:23 pm on 4 November 2020

The court case in New Caledonia brought by French Polynesia's pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru against the French prosecutor has been deferred for a second time.

Oscar Temaru, mayor of Faaa since 1983

Oscar Temaru, mayor of Faaa since 1983 Photo: supplied FB

Last month, it was deferred to today but it has now been rescheduled for 25 November.

In June, Temaru had sought a preliminary ruling in Tahiti claiming Herve Leroy had violated the assumption that he was innocent.

However, the court in Papeete found it could not deal with the case impartially and ordered it to be moved to New Caledonia.

Temaru said the prosecutor had asserted that he was convicted of a crime although the trial process had not been concluded because the appeal was still pending.

Temaru had appealed a suspended six-month prison sentence given last year for exercising undue influence over funding arrangements for a community station, Radio Tefana.

In June, Leroy ordered the seizure of $US100,000 from Temaru's savings account before obtaining an authorisation by a judge as part of a new investigation into alleged abuse of public funds.