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NOUMEA, New Caledonia (Jan. 4, 2000 – Orientation Oceania/AFP)---New Caledonia Vice President Leopold Joredie was given a one year suspended jail sentence by a court here Tuesday for obtaining public funds and a contract for his son.

He was charged with obtaining a grant of 300,000 French francs for his son between 1994 and 1995 while he (Joredie) was president of the northern province and mayor of Canala.

His son, Fabio Joredie, also obtained a transport contract with the town of Canala. The contract was not put out for tender (bid).

Fabio Joredie received a three month suspended sentence.

At the trial the prosecution had called for a one year suspended sentence, loss of civic rights for three years and a fine of 55,000 francs for Leopold Joredie.

The former head of the community development office in Canala, Edouard Vo, received a four-year prison sentence for embezzling four million francs.

Leopold Joredie's wife and two daughters, who also received small grants from the community development office, were given one month suspended sentences.

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