FLOSSE’ ‘PHANTOM JOB’ CASE TO LAST TAHITI SIX WEEKS

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FLOSSE’ ‘PHANTOM JOB’ CASE TO LAST TAHITI SIX WEEKS More than 80 people indicted

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, April 28, 2011) - A case centered on alleged abuse of public funds for phantom jobs has recently started in French Polynesia.

The hearing at the Papeete Court is scheduled to last about six weeks.

French Polynesia's former president, Senator Gaston Flosse, is the main person indicted in that case.

But more than 80 persons, including mayors and labor union leaders in the mid-1990's, are also indicted.

The prosecution claims Flosse used public funds to create an illicit network.

This network was only used to advance his party’s cause, according to the prosecution.

Flosse's lawyer, however, claims the so-called "phantom jobs" case is unfair.

He says the persons indicted did really work and all contracts were approved by the French High-commissioner's office.

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