CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST FOUR WHO PROMOTED TAHITIAN LANGUAGE

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online) - The Papeete Appeal Court has dropped charges against four Tahitian lawyers prosecuted for criticizing the Papeete bar over Tahitian not being used in the Legal system.

The four lawyers had wanted Tahitian used as one of the official languages in French Polynesia courts, where French is now the official language.

The Papeete Appeal Court based its ruling on the latest amnesty law voted in France, after the Presidential elections in April and May 2002.

The four Tahitian lawyers had claimed some words used by the Papeete bar in a form about Tahitian language in justice were "racist".

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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