PARIS APPEAL COURT TOSSES OUT CHARGES AGAINST FLOSSE

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PARIS, France (Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online) - A Paris appeals court ruled that an amnesty law prevented all prosecution against French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse of charges dealing with his patrimony declaration.

A district attorney had already said in a previous hearing that an amnesty law adopted in July 2002 by the French Parliament prevented the court from granting such an appeal.

The amnesty law was adopted following the French presidential election in April and May.

Flosse's lawyer, who has been a top legal adviser for French president Jacques Chirac, claimed the ruling was logical.

A lower Paris court had already released Flosse over charges about his patrimony declaration in October 2001. But the district attorney's office had appealed against the decision.

The court examined Flosse's patrimony over the 1993-1996 period when he was both president of the government of French Polynesia and one of the two Tahitian representatives at the French National Assembly.

Mandatory patrimony declarations are required for the 577 members of the French National Assembly.

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